Posted November 19, 2013. A new Lyme disease vaccine is coming down the pike.
A marketing campaign for the vaccine is already unfolding.The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has gone from saying there are 30, 000 new cases of Lyme disease a year to saying now that there are upwards of 300,000 cases of Lyme disease a year.
The New York Times editorial board promoted the upcoming vaccine in a recent editorial. The article referred to an Op-Ed piece by a Dr. Stanley Plotkin. Plotkin had said that he had been trying to “persuade manufacturers to make a new vaccine to help prevent some of the 300,000 new infections each year.” He urged patients and physicians to write to the CDC and remind them of the need for a new Lyme vaccine, which would likely be recommended for a large part of the population of the United States. The editorial board concluded by saying, “It’s time to start writing those letters.”
What do you think? Would a Lyme disease vaccine be a good thing? Why is the CDC behind it now?