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Rabies vaccine, purified chick embryo cell Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

Rabies vaccine, purified chick embryo cell is also known as: RabAvert

Medically reviewed on December 2, 2016

Rabies vaccine, purified chick embryo cell Pregnancy Warnings

Rabies vaccine, purified chick embryo, has been assigned to pregnancy category C by the FDA. Animal studies have not been reported. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy. Limited data indicate that fetal abnormalities have not been associated with rabies vaccination. Rabies vaccine should only be given to a pregnant woman if clearly needed. Because of the high mortality associated with untreated rabies virus infection, pregnancy is not considered a contraindication to postexposure prophylaxis and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends the use of rabies vaccine. Preexposure prophylaxis may also be indicated during pregnancy if there is a high risk of exposure to rabies.

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Rabies vaccine, purified chick embryo cell Breastfeeding Warnings

There are no data on the excretion of rabies vaccine, purified chick embryo cell, into human milk. Because of the high mortality associated with untreated rabies virus infection, breast-feeding is not considered a contraindication to postexposure prophylaxis. Preexposure prophylaxis may be indicated during lactation if there is a high risk of exposure to rabies.

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References for pregnancy information

  1. CDC. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "Human rabies prevention - United States, 1999 recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)." MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 48(RR-1) (1999): 1-21
  2. "Product Information. RabAvert (rabies vaccine, purified chick embryo cell)." Chiron Corporation, Emeryville, CA.
  3. "Product Information. RabAvert (rabies vaccine)." Chiron Therapeutics, Emeryville, CA.

References for breastfeeding information

  1. CDC. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "Human rabies prevention - United States, 1999 recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)." MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 48(RR-1) (1999): 1-21
  2. "Product Information. RabAvert (rabies vaccine)." Chiron Therapeutics, Emeryville, CA.
  3. "Product Information. RabAvert (rabies vaccine, purified chick embryo cell)." Chiron Corporation, Emeryville, CA.

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