Rabies is caused by a virus that can be passed to humans through the bite of a rabid animal (an animal who has it). People in the United States are most likely to get rabies from wild animals, especially bats. Animals like raccoons, skunks, and foxes may also spread rabies. It’s also possible to get rabies from pets, like dogs and cats, that haven’t been vaccinated. In countries where rabies is still common, people often get it through the bite of a rabid dog.
Rabies vaccine is given to people at high risk of rabies to protect them if they are exposed, like veterinarians. It can also prevent the disease if it is given to a person after they have been exposed. Rabies vaccine is made from killed rabies virus. It cannot cause rabies.
If you are bitten by an animal that could have rabies, contact your doctor right away.
A Note from Northwest Pharmacy
Prior to vaccines being administered, we require you to complete our Vaccination Consent Form. You can fill this form out at the pharmacy or, to save time, you can print the form, fill it out at home and bring it in with you.
If you choose to download and sign our Vaccination Consent Form – you agree to review the current Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) for the intended vaccine and understand the benefits/risk of intended vaccine before signing. Our pharmacists will gladly answer any questions you have when you come in for your vaccination.
View Current VISs for vaccines offered by Northwest Pharmacy HERE