Vaccinated people have evidence of a completed recommended pre-exposure or post-exposure prophylaxis regimen at any time in the past, or have a documented VNAb (rabies virus neutralising antibody) titre of >0.5 IU per mL at any time in the past. For those with a history of partial immunisation, see Incomplete pre-exposure prophylaxis schedule.

Immune status Exposure category HRIG Dose 1 (day 0) Dose 2 (day 3) Dose 3 (day 7) Dose 4 (day 14) Dose 5 (day 28)
Immunocompetent Any category II or III Not needed Yes Yes Not needed Not needed Not needed
Mildly immunocompromised Any category II or III Not needed Yes Yes Not needed Not needed Not needed
Severely immunocompromised Any category II or III Not needed Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

HRIG = human rabies immunoglobulin

Deviations of a few days from this schedule are probably unimportant.13

Severely immunocompromised refers to people for whom live vaccines are contraindicated. See People who are immunocompromised.

Last updated: 
27 September 2021
Last reviewed: 
27 September 2021

Definitions

IU
international units
HRIG
human rabies immunoglobulin