Lyme disease is a tick-borne disease that was named after Lyme, Connecticut where cases were identified back in 1975. This disease is transmitted to humans by getting bitten by what is commonly called hard ticks, from the genus Ixodes. Persistent depression and fatigue plus recurring fever and headaches should be noted being symptoms of this disease. If untreated, it can also affect your central nervous system and most importantly your heart. To have preventive measures, here are some tips on how to get immunized against Lyme disease.
Know your environment. Since ticks thrive in areas where soil is spread everywhere like grassy or woody areas, you need to consider going to your doctor. Even in urban areas, there is still a possibility of getting this disease especially if you’re home has a yard or nearby areas like parks or forests that can be a source of this tick. So make sure that you and your children are always wearing protective clothing like sweatshirts, long pants or jogging pants for kids, to ensure that your skin is covered. Also wearing shoes in the yard is also a helpful measure since it protects your feet from ticks that may crawl or jump up your leg. Tick repellants may also be applied as a preventive measure. If you have pets, especially dogs, you need to groom them regularly to avoid them being used as a transmitter of ticks to humans. Dogs are known to be hosts of different species of ticks, thus this is an important preventive measure.
Consult your doctor. In order to have a preventive measure against this disease, you need to consult your doctor first. He may prescribe a vaccine called the LYMErix. This has been available in the US since 1999. Consulting your doctor may also give you other options for vaccination.
Get vaccinated. In getting vaccinations, you should be mindful of the allowable age for different vaccines. For the Lyme disease vaccine, only people ages 15 to 70 years old can be vaccinated. Exemptions are people with joint pains and women who are pregnant. This disease has the highest incidence in children ages 2 to 15 years old. Unfortunately, it still cannot be administered to children below 15 years old.
Check your calendar. Vaccinations are also time-bound. For this particular vaccination, the first dose needs to be administered in March especially if you are living in the northeast. The second dose is around April and the third is right before tick season. These months should be marked on your calendar to ensure the vaccines effectiveness. More specific dates will be provided by your consulting physician.
Having a worry free lifestyle includes being mindful of what is in your surroundings. Since ticks can easily thrive anywhere, knowing these tips may help you set up preventive measure for you and your children. Even if vaccinations can be pricy, getting immunized provides you with a worry free living, especially for the health and safety of your kids. For more information and options in getting immunized you may contact the American Lyme Disease Foundation.