It's Tick Time: Prevent Lyme Disease
U.S. Has About 20,000 Cases of Lyme Disease Per Year, Twice as Many as in 1991
Preventing Lyme Disease: 14 Tips continued...
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not using repellents
containing DEET on infants less than 2 months old. Always follow the product's
CDC behavioral scientist Emily Zielinski-Gutierrez, DrPH, tells WebMD that
children younger than 2 months should be kept covered up or use mosquito nets
over them, since DEET products aren't recommended for children in that age
group. She also recommends washing products containing DEET off older children
A vaccine against Lyme disease used to be available, but it was taken off
the market in 2002, "reportedly because of poor sales," says the
The vaccine's protection against Lyme disease faded with time. People who
got the Lyme disease vaccine before 2002 "are probably no longer protected
against Lyme disease," says the CDC.