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It’s Tick Season: Protect & Check

We’ve been busy at work with the Vermont Department of Health developing a campaign to raise awareness and share important information about ticks and tickborne diseases, both of which have steadily increased in Vermont over the last few years.

There are several serious diseases—not just Lyme—that can be transmitted through tick bites. Clearly, the best way to prevent them is to avoid getting bitten, and safely removing ticks when bites occur.

Visit HealthVermont.gov for detailed information on tickborne diseases. In the meantime, here is a quick guide on keeping yourself, family and pets safe.

PROTECT
• Use an EPA-approved tick repellent on skin
• Apply permethrin to clothing
• Wear light-colored pants and long sleeves

CHECK
• Perform daily tick checks on yourself, your children and pets
• Shower soon after spending time outdoors

REMOVE
• Use tweezers to grab tick close to the skin
• Pull tick straight up, do not twist
• Wash hands and bite area with soap and water
• Put clothing in dryer on high for 10 minutes

WATCH
• Watch for symptoms of tickborne diseases such as fever, muscle aches, fatigue and joint pain
• Most Vermonters who contract Lyme disease develop a rash, but 30% do not
• If you develop any of these symptoms, contact your health care provider

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For help doing a daily tick check, download this quick guide.

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