Lyme Disease Vaccines

//Lyme Disease Vaccines
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Vaccine Stopped Due to Severe Reactions

Over 1000 adverse events from VAERS were reported from December 1998 to October 2000. Facial paralysis (13 cases), arthritis (133 cases) and allergic reactions (37 cases) were among the reactions listed.

Croke, et al, 2000 reported that 100% of hamsters developed “severe destructive Lyme arthritis” after receiving the vaccine.

Vanderhoof-Forschner, co-founder and president of the Lyme Disease Foundation, said “I cannot in good conscience encourage anyone to take the vaccine. There are just too many unanswered questions.”

Lyme Disease Preventable

The spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi, is carried by one species of tick (the Ixodes) and causes Lyme disease. Human infection is unlikely within 36 hours acquiring ticks, so daily checks for and prompt removal of ticks can easily avoid Lyme disease, as does choosing appropriate clothing. A vaccine is unnecessary.

Temporary, Limited Antibodies

Antibodies produced from the vaccine (which do not necessarily relate to immunity) decline rapidly and boosters may be needed every 1-2 years (Rahn, 2001).

Vanderhoof-Forschner, co-founder and president of the Lyme Disease Foundation, said “I cannot in good conscience encourage anyone to take the vaccine. There are just too many unanswered questions.”

 

Lyme Disease Vaccines by Brand

Lymerix Lyme Disease Vaccine (Recombinant OspA)
Manufacturer SmithKline Beecham Biologicals
Microorganism Borrelia burgdorferi
Licensed 12/21/1998
Recommendations Three i.m. injections, administered at 0, 1, 12 months for those aged 15 to 70 years.
Ingredients Aluminum hydroxide, 2 – Phenoxyethanol, Kanamycin (antibiotic), Saline solution, Yeast extract, Lipoprotein OspA, Silicon
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