The Complicated Reason There’s No Lyme Vaccine + 2 Promising Treatments In The Works
Warm weather brings ticks, and with ticks comes Lyme disease, the fastest-growing vector-borne disease in the U.S. In fact, around 476,000 Americans are diagnosed and treated for Lyme every year—a stat that’s frightening enough to make any of us tuck our pants into our socks before hitting the hiking trail.
While Lyme disease is finally getting some visibility as a major health threat that can lead to chronic and debilitating symptoms if undetected, there’s no great way to prevent it other than to not get bitten by the tiny ticks that carry it. And so, every spring and summer people begin asking the same question: Why the heck don’t we have a Lyme vaccine yet? After all, your dog can get vaccinated, so why can’t you?
The answer is complicated—turns out, there was a Lyme vaccine called LYMErix available for a hot minute about 20 years ago, but it was pulled from the market amid concerns of side effects, and nothing came to replace it. That is, until now. Separate groups of researchers are actively studying two preventive treatments: a new Lyme vaccine and a Lyme pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) shot, both of which could be available within two to four years. (See link for article)
This is one of the more balanced article on this topic I’ve read in a long time. Dr. Rawls and Dr. Phillips are both interviewed and BOTH are wary of these developing injections, and rightly so – there were many people adversely affected by the last Lyme vaccine and while the article doesn’t mention it – DOGS have been negatively impacted from the Lyme vaccine as well.
The point raised by Dr. Rawls is the serious concern of possible autoimmunity caused by these injections, and Dr. Phillips says he continues to hear from patients who say they still haven’t recovered from their LYMErix injuries nearly 20 years later.
You won’t hear this information from the vaccine manufacturers and mainstream media, which is completely bought-out, so this clinical experience should be taken very seriously.
For more on Lyme vaccines:
- https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/02/10/the-bitter-feud-over-lymerix/ Excellent piece by Pam Weintraub on the sordid history of the Lymerix vaccine in which they removed the band most specific to Lyme in testing due to the vaccine. This action has kept some of the sickest patients undiagnosed.