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LYMErix (lipoprotein outer surface a vaccine) is indicated for active immunization against Lyme disease in individuals 15 to 70 years of age.

Individuals most at risk may be those who live or work in B. burgdorferi-infected, tick-infested grassy or wooded areas (e.g., landscaping brush clearing, forestry, and wildlife and parks management), 4,18-21 as well as those who plan travel to or pursue recreational activities (e.g., hiking, camping, fishing and hunting) in such areas. Most cases of Lyme disease in the United States are thought to be acquired in the peri-residential environment, through routine activities of property maintenance, recreation, and/or exercise of pets.19, 22

Previous infection with B. burgdorferi may not confer protective immunity.23 Therefore people with a prior history of Lyme disease may benefit from vaccination with LYMErix (lipoprotein outer surface a vaccine) .

Safety and efficacy for this vaccine are based on administration of the second and third doses several weeks prior to the onset of the Borrelia transmission season in the local geographic area (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).

LYMErix (lipoprotein outer surface a vaccine) is not a treatment for Lyme disease. As with any vaccine, LYMErix (lipoprotein outer surface a vaccine) may not protect 100% of individuals. The vaccine should not be administered to persons outside of the indicated age range.


Primary immunization against Lyme disease consists of a 30 mcg/0.5 mL dose of LYMErix (lipoprotein outer surface a vaccine) given at 0, 1 and 12 months.

Vaccination with all three doses is required to achieve optimal protection.

Safety and efficacy for this vaccine are based on administration of the second and third doses several weeks prior to the onset of the Borrelia transmission season in the local geographic area (see INDICATIONS). For example, in the pivotal efficacy trial performed primarily in the Northeast United States (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY, Clinical Efficacy), individuals were vaccinated between January and April in both years of the trial.

LYMErix [Lyme Disease Vaccine (Recombinant OspA)] should be administered by intramuscular injection in the deltoid region. Do not inject intravenously, intradermally or subcutaneously.

Preparation for Administration: Shake well before withdrawal and use. Parenteral drug products should be inspected visually for particulate matter or discoloration prior to administration. With thorough agitation, LYMErix (lipoprotein outer surface a vaccine) is a turbid white suspension. Discard if it appears otherwise. Any vaccine remaining in a single-dose vial should be discarded.

The vaccine should be used as supplied; no dilution or reconstitution is necessary. The full recommended dose of the vaccine should be used.

As with other intramuscular injections, LYMErix (lipoprotein outer surface a vaccine) should not be given to individuals on anticoagulant therapy or with clotting disorders, unless the potential benefit clearly outweighs the risk of administration.

No data are available on the immune response to LYMErix (lipoprotein outer surface a vaccine) when administered concurrently with other vaccines. When concomitant administration of other vaccines is required, they should be given with different syringes and at different injection sites (see DRUG INTERACTIONS).


LYMErix [Lyme Disease Vaccine (Recombinant OspA)] is supplied in Single-Dose (30 mcg/0.5 mL) Vials and Prefilled Syringes

NDC 58160-845-01 Package of 1 Single-Dose Vial

NDC 58160-845-11 Package of 10 Single-Dose Vials

NDC 58160-845-35 Package of 5 Prefilled Disposable Tip-Lokˆ Syringes with 1-inch 23-gauge needles


Store between 2° and 8°C (36° and 46°F). Do not freeze; discard if product has been frozen.


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  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lyme DiseaseUnited States, 1996. MMWR. October 31, 1997; Vol. 45: 53; 41.
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  6. Data on file from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (LYR198), SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals.
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  11. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recommendations for test performance and interpretation from the Second National Conference on Serologic Diagnosis of Lyme Disease. MMWR. 1995; 44: 590-591.
  12. Fikrig E, Barthold SW, Marcantonio N, et al. Roles of OspA, OspB, and flagellin in protective immunity to Lyme borreliosis in the laboratory mouse. Infect Immun. 1992; 60: 657-661.
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  14. Golde WT, Piesman J, Dolan MC, et al. Reactivity with a specific epitope of outer surface protein A predicts protection from infection with the Lyme disease spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi. Infect Immun. 1997; 65: 882-889.
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  16. Data on file (LYR1098), SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals.
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Manufactured by SmithKline Beecham Biologicals, Rixensart,
Distributed by SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals,
Philadelphia, PA 19101

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©SmithKline Beecham, 1998
LYMErix (lipoprotein outer surface a vaccine) and Tip-Lok are trademarks of SmithKline Beecham.

This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

Last reviewed on RxList: 7/31/2008

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