CDC Vaccine Webinar 2015
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week released the webinar, HHS Working Group on Lyme and Other Tickborne Diseases presents: Vaccines for Lyme Disease – Past, present, and future, which looks at such issues as Why we need a vaccine for Lyme disease?, Potential vaccine strategies and targets for Lyme disease, A critical appraisal of LYMErix and lessons learned and Progress toward a second generation Lyme vaccine.
The webinar is moderated by Dr. Ben Beard is the Associate Director for Climate Change and Chief of the Bacterial Diseases Branch of CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he coordinates CDC’s programs on Lyme disease, plague, and tularemia.
The CDC notes a Lyme disease vaccine is no longer available. The vaccine manufacturer discontinued production in 2002, citing insufficient consumer demand. Protection provided by this vaccine diminishes over time. Therefore, if you received the Lyme disease vaccine before 2002, you are probably no longer protected against Lyme disease.
Ixodes scapularis, a Black-legged tick/CDC
Plotkin first speaker. "I have no financial interest"
However, he became incensed after Lyme vaccine was pulled. Showed slides of a case report- turns out to be his son. So he is incensed about Lyme vaccine not being on market.
This was 1st time in modern era and FDA vaccine was withdrawn. his argument is we should have a vaccine because of numbers of cases.
Recommendations said to be "rather tepid" from CDC. And comments made after licensing were also "rather tepid".
Not strong vaccine. Manufacturers advertised directly to public- not good.
Ped study shows vaccine would have been more successful than in adults.
Baxter developed a new vaccine taking out protein that was responsible for reactions- but he emphasizes it was not proven to be a problem. "Not confirmed".
2nd is Valerna vaccine. many others too.
Cost effectiveness shows by current standards would be cost effective. Possibility there IS a chronic Lyme disease.
Shows slide of new targeting for a new vaccine. And he said NO ARTHRITIS should be caused by it.
Last vaccine was scientific success, but PR nightmare.
2nd speaker- Dr. Richard Marconi- VA Univ Med Center.
He is focused on new vaccines. Old vaccine was transmission blocker.
Vaccine that can clear infection- fewer posters.
Last kind of vaccineis tick vaccine.