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Benefits & Risk of The Coronavirus Vaccine in Lyme 

Most people with Lyme should get the new Pfizer or Moderna mRNA Covid-19 (Coronavirus) vaccines. The benefits of the vaccine far outweigh any risks. However, there are three different groups of Lyme patients that may have a higher risk of harm from the vaccine. 

Watch the full video below to see what Marty Ross MD is advising his patients who live with Lyme about getting the new Covid-19 (Coronavirus) vaccine.

In reaching the conclusions I share in the video, I reviewed the currently available safety data of this new vaccine. I do acknolwedge that it is limited to two months and that any vaccine poses a risk to the person. But this risk has to be compared to the risk of getting Coronavirus and the harm that it can cause a person. Coronavirus can kill or even leave the person with increased ongoing health problems. In my opinion, for most people living with Lyme, the harm from Coronavirus, the risk of getting the infection, or the impact of lockdowns, mask wearing, and physical distancing far outweigh any risk posed by the vaccine. 

The video was recorded during Conversations with Marty Ross MD on December 10, 2020.  At this time the comments are specific only to the new Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.


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The person with Lyme should discuss the points raised in the video with their own physician to make a decision about getting the vaccine. 



View Citations

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  2. Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee December 10, 2020 (View Event Materials)

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About the Author

Marty Ross, MD is a passionate Lyme disease educator and clinical expert. He helps Lyme sufferers and their physicians see what really works based on his review of the science and extensive real-world experience. Dr. Ross is licensed to practice medicine in Washington State where he has treated thousands of Lyme disease patients in his Seattle practice. 

Marty Ross, MD is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine and Georgetown University Family Medicine Residency. He is a member of the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS) and The Institute for Functional Medicine.

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