The departments and agencies of the federal government often play a role in Lyme disease. They may issue policies, guidelines, advisories, or other information which may be useful to Lyme patients, doctors, or the general public. LDA may link to or list some of those government publications which it feels may be important. Complete agency or department information on Lyme disease may be found on each individual agency/department website.

Candy Brassard, Senior Biologist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pesticide Programs; C. Ben Beard, PhD, Director, Bacterial Diseases Branch, Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention at a Meeting at EPA on Lyme in Virginia in 2006.

 
17 July 2018

The seventh meeting of the Tick-borne Disease Working Group will be held on July 24, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT. The Working Group will review and vote on the content of the five chapters that will be submitted into the Working Group Congressional Report. Please Note: If you would like to receive a copy of the draft chapters, please submit a request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The meeting materials will be emailed to you prior to the meeting. We encourage you to register exit disclaimer icon for the meeting.

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17 June 2018

From HHS.gov - The sixth meeting of the Tick-borne Disease Working Group will be from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Eastern) on June 21. The Working Group will focus on consensus of the six subcommittee findings and determine the major content of the five chapters that will be submitted into the Working Group Congressional Report. Note: If you would like to receive a copy of the draft chapters, please submit a request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The document will be emailed to you prior to the meeting. We encourage you to register for the on-line meeting, where you can indicate if you would like to provide verbal and/or written public comment and receive updates about the Working Group. Members of the public can attend the meeting via webcast.  You must sign-up  to watch the live webcast.

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13 May 2018

On January 22, 2002 in Bethesda, MD., the LDA was able to get a private meeting with the FDA on the vaccine issue, despite reluctance by the FDA to grant the meeting. Congressman Chris Smith helped facilitate the setup of this meeting. On February 25, 2002, a month after meeting with FDA, LDA received written answers to its questions from FDA and, also, learned that Glaxo SmithKline had quietly pulled Lymerix from the market, citing "poor sales." CLICK HERE FOR THE RESPONSE

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12 May 2018

This is an FDA powerpoint by Robert Ball, M.D., M.P.H., Sc.M., on the Lymerix Vaccine, LYMErix® Safety Data Reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), January 31, 2001. Robert Ball, M.D., M.P.H., Sc.M., Division of Epidemiology, Office of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Rockville, MD  CLICK HERE FOR THE POWERPOINT

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15 May 2018

The Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (Working Group) is required to submit a report on its activities and any recommendations to the HHS Secretary and Congress every two years. The first report is due December 2018.  The six subcommittees of the Working Group prepared reports to inform the Working Group and its 14 voting members. These reports offer insights into gaps, opportunities and potentials actions to be considered by the Working Group for the report to Congress and HHS Secretary. 

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