Rabies Immunization for Rehabilitators
Pre-exposure vaccinations are:
- Recommended for all mammal rehabilitators
- Required for Rabies Vector Species (RVS) authorization
Pre-exposure vaccines can be obtained at the University of Connecticut (UConn) Health Center, Route 4 in Farmington, Connecticut.
Getting your Pre-exposure Shots from the UConn Health Center:
- If you have concerns or questions about pre-exposure immunizations, contact the nurse at UConn at 860-679-2411. You will probably have to leave a message and they will return your call.
- To make an appointment, call UConn's Occupational Medicine and Employee Health Services at 860-679-2893. Calls are received from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM. Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
- Be sure to mention that you are a Wildlife Rehabilitator and you would like to make an appointment for the 3-shot series. You will receive a pre-registration form and a 'blue card' for future visits. You will need to have a second shot seven days after the first and then the third shot 28 days after the day of your first shot. Note: You will not be considered immune to the virus until at least one month after the third shot.
- The cost of each vaccination must be paid at the time of your visit. There will be a total of 3 shots. Please call ahead to determine the price of the vaccine and vaccine administration.
Getting your Pre-exposure Shots from your Physician:
- Have your doctor call the company directly and give a prescription for Imovax by calling Connaught Laboratories at 1-800-VACCINE.
- Your doctor can then give you the shots or have the vaccine mailed to you (keep refrigerated) and you can have it administered at a walk-in clinic.
It is recommended that a booster shot be given every 2 years after you have received your pre-exposure series. To arrange to check your titer, please contact UConn's Occupational Medicine and Employee Health Services at 860-679-2893. Please be prepared to pay at the time of your visit.
If you are bitten by a RVS, you must begin the 2-shot post-exposure vaccine promptly! Pre-exposure immunization does not eliminate the need for post-exposure treatment; it only reduces the cost and number of shots required in the post-exposure treatment. If you are in need of the post-exposure vaccine, please call UConn's Occupational Medicine and Employee Health Services at 860-679-2893.
Content last updated on December 27, 2019.