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The MVMA is offering a low dose, off-label rabies vaccine to members and staff as a more affordable option for pre exposure vaccines. The rabies vaccine will be offered in a 3 shot series at 0.1mL intradermally. Low dose intradermal injections of rabies are suggested currently by the WHO for pre-exposure as an alternative to the intramuscular injections. Please see the dosage guidelines for pre-exposure vaccines from the WHO here (page iiii). You may also find additional information about the low dose protocol in the CDC article, “Perspectives: Intradermal Rabies Preexposure Immunization.” 

Sangita Pedro, ND will be administering all vaccines. The MVMA is offering this low dosage vaccines series due to most insurance companies in the state not covering pre-exposure vaccines for veterinarians and veterinary staff. In order to ensure that you have adequate immune response to the low dose vaccine, we strongly recommend that you have your rabies titer checked. The MVMA will be holding a blood draw for titer testing in September or October of 2019 (more details to come). If you know that you have a poor immune response or you are immune compromised, we do not recommend the low dose vaccine. If you have questions about whether the low dose vaccine is appropriate for you, you should contact your PCP. This is offered to MVMA members and their staff only at this time (see "Eligibility" below).

If you wish to receive the full 1mL vaccine, please contact Katherine Soverel ([email protected] or 1-800-448-2772, ext. 1) for availability and pricing.

 

Dates

For those who have never received the vaccine, you must register for all three dates. Boosters will also be offered on each date for those who have received the series before. Please use the form at the end of this page to register for either the series or the booster.

  • April 1, 2019, 4pm - 6pm
  • April 8, 2019, 4pm - 6pm
  • April 22, 2019, 4pm - 6pm

Prior to April 1st, registrants will be sent a 15 minute time slot when they should come during each session. Once a vial of the vaccine is opened, it must be used, which means that it is important that everyone shows up at their given time slot. It also means that there will be no refunds and no flexibility to reschedule once you are registered. 

If you are unable to register on the form that means that it is sold out. Please select the appropriate wait list option on the form. If we receive sufficient interest, we will be able to offer additional slots. If more slots are made available, Katherine Soverel will notify all members so that anyone interested may sign up.

Location

All three dates will be held in Room 108 of the Husson University Southern Maine Campus, 340 County Rd, Westbrook. Parking is available. Please arrive 5 minutes early to complete paperwork.

Eligibility

At this time, the low dose vaccines are only available to MVMA members and their staff. Members can register up to two staff through the form below, or staff can contact Katherine Soverel ([email protected] or 1-800-448-2772, ext. 1) to register directly. If members want to register more than two staff members, they can do so by contacting Katherine Soverel.  If you are an MVMA member and have not yet renewed for 2019, please be sure to do so before you or your staff register for the clinic. Please note: Staff may only be registered from hospitals where all doctors are MVMA members.

If you are a veterinarian who is not an MVMA member, but would like to participate, you can become a member today for 2019 and receive immediate membership. Sign up to be an MVMA member here.

Click here to register