PUBLIC HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS FOR A POTENTIAL LYME DISEASE VACCINE IN THE UNITED STATES: COST OF ILLNESS, VACCINE ACCEPTABILITY, AND NET COSTS OF A VACCINATION PROGRAM
Background Lyme disease (LD) is a bacterial illness caused by infection primarily with Borrelia burgdorferi, which is mainly transmitted by the bite of infected Ixodes scapularis ticks in the United States (U.S.). Annually, over 30,000 cases of this multi-system disease are reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but recent studies have provided evidence that the true number of cases is estimated to be over 300,000 each year, a substantial disease burden. Studies evaluating currently available prevention methods (e.g., repellent use, yard-based pesticides) have not demonstrated ...
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