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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 recommended uses.

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 before bedtime.

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 CDC.

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.

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