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Where can I get rabies pre-exposure vaccines?

peytonbramlett

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May 28, 2019
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Hi all,

I am in need of the rabies vaccine series Rabavert or Ivomax in order to volunteer with a wildlife sanctuary. My insurance says they will cover it completely, as long as the place accepts my insurance. The only two places I have found that do it are Passport Health (does not accept any insurance at all - not an option) and Walgreens (not allowed to give any vaccinations right now due to COVID-19). Any hospital or primary care provider I call seems to have no idea what I'm talking about, they always think I'm talking about post-exposure (they say they have never done pre-exposure before apparently) and ask me if I have been bitten and then direct me towards each other or DHEC. I've also tried DHEC and they say hospitals/primary care providers. I've also tried extensive online research and it basically results in "the vaccine exists" but I can never find any information about where to get it (other than Passport Health). Thanks in advance!
 

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Hi all,

I am in need of the rabies vaccine series Rabavert or Ivomax in order to volunteer with a wildlife sanctuary. My insurance says they will cover it completely, as long as the place accepts my insurance. The only two places I have found that do it are Passport Health (does not accept any insurance at all - not an option) and Walgreens (not allowed to give any vaccinations right now due to COVID-19). Any hospital or primary care provider I call seems to have no idea what I'm talking about, they always think I'm talking about post-exposure (they say they have never done pre-exposure before apparently) and ask me if I have been bitten and then direct me towards each other or DHEC. I've also tried DHEC and they say hospitals/primary care providers. I've also tried extensive online research and it basically results in "the vaccine exists" but I can never find any information about where to get it (other than Passport Health). Thanks in advance!
Most chain pharmacies. Specifically for me I had to contact my county health department at one point when I looked into getting it before I got into school. If you are near a vet school it's usually easier to find a place.
 

Sneffles

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I was able to get my rabies vaccine at my university’s health center. The local hospitals I called when trying to find the cheapest price (my insurance didn’t cover it) didn’t do pre-exposure vaccines (they were all like, “what were you bitten by?”).
 
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peytonbramlett

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May 28, 2019
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  1. Pre-Veterinary
I was able to get my rabies vaccine at my university’s health center. The local hospitals I called when trying to find the cheapest price (my insurance didn’t cover it) didn’t do pre-exposure vaccines (they were all like, “what were you bitten by?”).
thanks for the info! unfortunately not only did COVID-19 send us all away from the university, but I just graduated undergrad in May so I don't have access to the health center anymore
 

peytonbramlett

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May 28, 2019
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Most chain pharmacies. Specifically for me I had to contact my county health department at one point when I looked into getting it before I got into school. If you are near a vet school it's usually easier to find a place.
Thanks for the reply! Unfortunately I'm an SC resident so the closest vet schools are NC State and UGA, which are unfortunately closed due to COVID-19
 
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