If you are ever bitten or scratched by an animal that could have rabies, your health care provider will give you a series of shots over a 14-day period. The shots are given in a muscle, usually in the upper arm. They are extremely effective at preventing rabies if given as soon as possible after a bite/exposure.
Patient assistance programs that provide medications to uninsured or underinsured patients are available for rabies vaccine and immune globulin. For more information on programs for uninsured and underinsured patients please visit DHEC's Rabies - Guide to Managing Exposures page.