Will there be a vaccine that works against Lyme disease?

Mar 2018
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Florida
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There is such a stigma against the disease. The vaccine developed in the 90’s was not successful for all strains. If left untreated, Lyme disease can be extremely debilitating. Once it progresses without any antibiotic intervention, it has gone too far. There is an increase in this disease. I will say from a personal standpoint, my daughter was very fortunate. She contracted the disease in ‘96 when very little was known about it. She was a healthy senior in college who had to go from specialist to specialist because it spreads throughout the body. She went to a urologist, gynecologist, cardiologist. She had symptoms all over. It was frightening. When she fell going up the stairs, got lost coming home from college, and could not compute a simple arithmetic exercise in her advanced class, she had enough. She went herself to the library and checked medical manuals. She diagnosed herself. She then found one of the few specialists around. She was on a cocktail of strong antibiotics for months. Thank goodness she not only recuperated., she still graduated Valedictorian of her college. But you are not immune from getting it again.
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Jan 2016
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Colorado
#2
I was not aware there was a 'stigma' against the disease. Why would anyone BLAME a victim for contracting Lyme disease, when it is spread by ticks that one can get simply by walking around in a forest?!? I don't get it, I guess.

I understand stigmas against sexually-transmitted diseases such as AIDS. I can even understand stigmas against mental health issues. But this kind of stigma, I would not 'get'.
 
Mar 2018
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Florida
#3
I was not aware there was a 'stigma' against the disease. Why would anyone BLAME a victim for contracting Lyme disease, when it is spread by ticks that one can get simply by walking around in a forest?!? I don't get it, I guess.

I understand stigmas against sexually-transmitted diseases such as AIDS. I can even understand stigmas against mental health issues. But this kind of stigma, I would not 'get'.
I think it’s because they didn’t have enough knowledge before. Then they developed a vaccine. There was hope. But it had its problems and I believe they no longer give it. Antibiotics don’t always arrest it. They need more research. Anti-vaxers have vowed to protest any vaccine. There is one that helps prevent the disease to canines. But it hasn’t been tested on humans. According to the article, some people are begging to get the canine vaccine.
 
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Jan 2016
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Colorado
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I think it’s because they didn’t have enough knowledge before. Then they developed a vaccine. There was hope. But it had its problems and I believe they no longer give it. Antibiotics don’t always arrest it. They need more research. Anti-vaxers have vowed to protest any vaccine. There is one that helps prevent the disease to canines. But it hasn’t been tested on humans. According to the article, some people are begging to get the canine vaccine.
OK. But I still don't understand the 'stigma'. Anti-vaxxers are just plain nuts.
 
Jul 2018
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North Carolina
#5
I have a nephew who contracted Lyme disease about a year ago when he was hunting in Ohio. He was lucky because he noticed a tick that was attached to his arm on the way back to NC, so less than a week had went by that the tick was attached to his arm. He got prompt treatment, and went on a full gamut of antibiotics for quite a while. Luckily because he caught it early, he didn't have any kind of serious complications from the disease. This disease is no joke, so it's critical to get treated as early as possible. My nephew made us acutely aware of this disease up close and personal.
 
Jan 2016
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Colorado
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I think that some who suffered from Lyme disease were suspected of hypochondria because doctors couldn't find the cause of their symptoms.
OK. I think that IS the case with chronic fatigue syndrome, for which we still haven't pinned down a definitive cause. There IS a stigma with that disease, because a fair number of people still think people claiming it are just 'malingerers'. Was it ever really that way with Lyme disease sufferers? To the same extent?
 
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I have a nephew who contracted Lyme disease about a year ago when he was hunting in Ohio. He was lucky because he noticed a tick that was attached to his arm on the way back to NC, so less than a week had went by that the tick was attached to his arm.
I remember when I was a kid ... maybe 6 or 7, maybe younger ... I had discovered a tick attached to the back of my neck. I thought little of it (except my general dislike of insects increased and has been pretty high ever since) and just pulled it out & it crawled away as I shook it off my hand. In retrospect, of course, I realize I was lucky to have not contracted anything...
 
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Mar 2019
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I remember when I was a kid ... maybe 6 or 7, maybe younger ... I had discovered a tick attached to the back of my neck. I thought little of it (except my general dislike of insects increased and has been pretty high ever since) and just pulled it out & it crawled away as I shook it off my hand. In retrospect, of course, I realize I was lucky to have not contracted anything...
I Always use Deet when Camping or Fishing.
 
Apr 2019
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Southeast
#10
I have a nephew who contracted Lyme disease about a year ago when he was hunting in Ohio. He was lucky because he noticed a tick that was attached to his arm on the way back to NC, so less than a week had went by that the tick was attached to his arm. He got prompt treatment, and went on a full gamut of antibiotics for quite a while. Luckily because he caught it early, he didn't have any kind of serious complications from the disease. This disease is no joke, so it's critical to get treated as early as possible. My nephew made us acutely aware of this disease up close and personal.
Smear grease on the tick, they cant breath and let go, bearing grease, bacon, vaselien, thick oil...etc

It is when the head stays embedded that the disease is passed.