Adults Ages 51-60 Found Most at Risk for Lyme Disease 2018-2022

PRNewswire published 10.17.2023, “Lyme Disease Most Common in the Age Group 51-60 in the Period 2018-2022.” According to data analysis and infographic released by FAIR Health, more Lyme disease private insurance claim lines were filed for individuals in the 51-60 age group than any other age group between 2018 and 2022. Lyme disease claim lines were broken down by age groups and shown as percentages,  51-6 (23.5%),  41-50 (18.8%), 31-40 (14.1%), 19-30 (13.9%), 0-18 (11.3%) and over 70 (4.3%). In addition, FAIR Health found that “malaise and fatigue and soft-tissue-related diagnoses” were more common for Lyme patients across all age groups, except those over 80 years of age.

FAIR Health also found variability in the prevalence of Lyme disease by time of year between rural and urban areas. At a national level, Lyme disease diagnoses peaked in June and July of each year. During his same time period, rural areas showed a greater number of claim lines associated with Lyme disease diagnoses than urban areas. In contrast, during the months November -April, data showed that Lyme disease diagnoses occurred more often, in urban than rural areas.

In 2018, New JerseyNorth CarolinaRhode IslandConnecticut and Massachusetts were the states with the greatest proportion of claim lines with Lyme disease diagnoses as a percentage of all diagnoses in the state. In 2022, New Jersey remained the highest, followed byVermontConnecticutPennsylvania and Rhode Island

“FAIR Health is a national, independent nonprofit organization that qualifies as a public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code. It is dedicated to bringing transparency to healthcare costs and health insurance information through data products, consumer resources and health systems research support. FAIR Health possesses the nation’s largest collection of private healthcare claims data, which includes over 42 billion claim records and is growing at a rate of over 2 billion claim records a year.”

For More Information: 

Read PRNewswire FAIR Health Report

View the FAIR Health Infographic

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