A Vaccine Worse Than The Disease?

Angry patients claim that LYMErix presents serious risks

Jenny Marra believes that LYMErix, the Lyme disease vaccine available since 1998, seriously harmed her. The 42-year-old nurse from Ocean Township, N.J., has suffered crippling joint and muscle pain, fatigue, and periods of paralysis since receiving a second dose of the vaccine in June, 1999. Other than pain management, Marra's doctors tell her there is nothing more they can do. In April, she filed a lawsuit against the vaccine's maker, SmithKline Beecham Corp. (SBH), seeking unspecified damages. Her goal: "I'm trying to stop [the Food & Drug Administration] from approving the vaccine for children."

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