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BIHS has joined Care Access to bring a Lyme vaccine study to Block Island!  For more information or if you’re interested in participating, please read the letter from Care Access, below.  You may also visit or call (877) 565-5112.


Our clinic is conducting an exciting new study that may interest you and your family. We are testing a potential vaccine for Lyme disease.

Right now, there are no approved vaccines for Lyme disease. By participating in this study, you could help protect yourself and your loved ones from Lyme disease.

What is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is a common illness caused by tick bites. Symptoms include a circular rash, fever, fatigue, and joint pain.

What is a clinical research study?
A clinical research study, also known as a clinical trial, is medical research that tests new ways to detect, prevent, and treat diseases and other health conditions.

About the study
The study is testing how well the study vaccine works compared to a placebo (inactive substance) in people aged 5 and older. Children and teens under the age of 18 will need permission from their parent(s) or guardian(s) to participate in the study. Half of the participants will receive the study vaccine, and half will receive a placebo. Participants will not know what they have been assigned. People who volunteer for this study will receive 4 injections of the study vaccine or placebo and will have at least 7 in-person visits with the study team. The study will last up to 2.5 years.

Health insurance is not required to participate in this research study. All medication, health assessments, and medical tests related to the study will be provided to you at no cost. If you enroll in the study, you may also be compensated up to $493 for your time and travel expenses.

Contact us to learn more:
If you are interested in learning more about the study or would like to enroll, please contact a study coordinator at (877) 565-5112 or go to

Thank you!