Lyme disease vaccine

1 What is Lyme disease vaccine?

Brand: Lyme disease vaccine

Generic: Lyme Disease Vaccine (Recombinant Ospa) (Intramuscular Route)

Lyme disease vaccine is effective at preventing infection from Lyme disease bacteria. It is an active form of vaccine which when injected, helps your body to produce antibodies (protection) against bacteria.

Lyme disease is a tick born infection. It is spread among humans by a bite of infected ticks. Symptoms of Lyme disease are fever, rash, weakness, joint and muscle pain.

Lyme disease

You can protect yourself from getting an infection by wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, tucking pants into socks, treating clothing with tick repellent, and checking for and removing attached ticks.

The vaccine is no longer commercially available. It was available in the suspension form.

2 What to Know Before Using

Your doctor will inform you of what you need to know before using Lyme disease vaccine.

Before starting the treatment your doctor should be informed about condition such as:

Allergy: Inform your doctor if you are allergic to any food, preservatives, dyes, or had an allergic reaction when you used this drug before.

Children: It is not recommended to be used in infants and children younger than 15 years of age as safety and efficacy have not been established.

Elderly: This medicine does not cause any different side effects or problem than it does in younger adults.

Pregnancy: It is a category C drug. It is not safe in pregnancy. It may cause harmful effects to an unborn baby.

Breast Feeding: There are no adequate studies which prove that this vaccine passes into breast milk. If you are vaccinated while nursing, discuss it with your doctor for possible risk factors.

Drug Interactions: Recombinant Ospa vaccine may interact with other drugs. Your doctor should be informed of any other medicines which you are taking. He may want to change the dosage or drug.
Several other conditions may reduce its effectiveness. Make sure you inform your doctor of any other disease you have.

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3 Proper Usage

To use Lyme disease vaccine properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor.

It is given as an injection in your arm by a doctor or a nurse. Dosage is different for different patients.

You must follow your doctor’s command. However, this vaccine is no longer in the market.

4 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Lyme disease vaccine. Some people may experience none or minor side effects.

Consult with your doctor if they become problematic or frequent:

More common are:

  • Soreness
  • Redness or swelling at the injection site
  • Myalgia
  • fever and chills

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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