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Vaccine. 1991 Aug;9(8):573-6.

One-year study of the 2-1-1 intramuscular postexposure rabies vaccine regimen in 100 severely exposed Thai patients using rabies immune globulin and Vero cell rabies vaccine.

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Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.


The 2-1-1 rabies postexposure treatment schedule is an abbreviated regimen in which a tissue culture rabies vaccine is administered intramuscularly at two sites on day 0, and at one site on days 7 and 21. Compared to the standard five-dose intramuscular regimen, the 2-1-1 schedule reduces the number of clinic visits from five to three and the amount of vaccine used by 20%. One hundred Thai patients, who were severely exposed to rabies, were treated with rabies immune globulin and the 2-1-1 regimen using purified Vero cell rabies vaccine. They were followed for 1 year. Rabies antibody titres were measured in 10% of this group. All patients survived and adverse reactions were mild. A satisfactory antibody response (a titre greater than 0.5 IU ml-1) occurred in all ten patients studied at day 14, but persisted for 90 days in 80% and for 360 days in only 50%. The authors therefore do not recommend use of the 2-1-1 schedule in severely exposed patients who also need to receive rabies immune globulin.

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