Lyme disease is an illness caused by a bacteria transmitted to humans through the bite of a deer tick – a small pinhead sized tick normally found in the northeastern United States.

If you find large ticks on your body it is unlikely to be the type of tick that transmits Lyme disease. Also, if you hunt or spend time in the woods here in south Louisiana, your risk of catching Lyme disease is very low. But, if you move into the northeastern United States the risk becomes higher.

There is a new vaccine called Lymerix7 available for prevention of Lyme Disease. It involves three shots spaced out over a 12-month period and is only recommended for those who reside, work or recreate in areas of high or moderate risk.

If after reading this you still think you may be at risk, you should see your doctor and discuss your concerns.

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