Rabies is almost always deadly, according to the CDC, but it is preventable. The vaccine can also be administered after an animal bite. If bitten, wash the bite area immediately and contact your physician. Rabies is caused by a virus that lives in animals, such as skunks, raccoons, foxes, dogs, cats, and even bats and is transmitted to humans by a bite or scratch.
If infected, people feel weak with a headache and fever. As it advances, people with rabies may begin to feel confused and agitated and have seizures, hallucinations, and trouble sleeping.
Consider getting a rabies vaccine if you work with animals, may be in a location where bats are present, such as caves, or have been bitten by an animal you suspect to be rabid. You will likely need four doses over the course of two weeks. Your physician can help determine if you should not receive the rabies vaccine.