Tick bite awareness and Lyme disease prevention resources

Tick bite awareness and Lyme disease prevention

Resources for Local authorities and other stakeholders

 

Downloadable Resources:

Cobranded Posters – add your logo in space provided

Be Tick Aware Card – recommended print instructions: gloss laminated 85 x 55mm, printed colour both sides on 350gsm Silk

 

Leaflets – Recommended print instructions: 6pp DL A4 Flat, printed colour both sides, 150gsm Silk

Posters for MPs

Download a personalised electronic version of the detailed poster above here, (press CTRL+F to search for individual MP names and download relevant page of the file).  If you have any issues downloading your poster please email admin@lymediseaseuk.com with ‘MP POSTER’ in the subject line and you will be sent the correct poster file.

All files are free to download and amend with your logo. For quotes to add logos, print and distribute any of the above files, please contact Diamond Digital 020 3006 8232 and quote LDUK.

Suggested text for tick awareness tweets:

Please copy and paste and tweet with any images from this page:

  • A popular myth is that if the tick has been attached for less than 24 hours, there is less of a chance that #Lymedisease has been contracted. This is not true. No minimum attachment time to transmit the infection has been established. #WakeUpToLyme
  • Whilst it is more common to get #Lymedisease in warmer months, ticks are active all year around. Always use prevention methods. #WakeUpToLyme
  • Protect yourself from ticks by wearing tick repellent, sticking to well maintained pathways, doing regular tick checks, carrying a tick remover tool, wearing long- sleeved tops and tucking trousers into socks. #WakeUpToLyme
  • To check yourself for ticks: Check carefully inspect all outer layers of clothing and gear. Inspect every part of your body including the less visible areas like between the toes, the waistline, groin and behind the ears. Remember, ticks can be as a small as a poppy seed. #WakeUpToLyme
  • After visiting an area with ticks, have a shower and put all clothes unwashed in the tumble dryer on the highest heat possible for at least 10 minutes. #WakeUpToLyme
  • Remove any embedded ticks as quickly as possible using a tick removal tool or fine-tipped tweezers. #WakeUpToLyme
  • Early symptoms of #Lymedisease include a rash, known as erythema migrans (this is diagnostic of Lyme disease but it isn’t always present); Fatigue; Muscle Pain; Joint Pain; Headaches; Fever and Chills; Neck stiffness; Nausea; Digestive Issues. #WakeUpToLyme
  • Left untreated, Lyme disease can become extremely serious and lead to complications including cardiac issues, neurological disorders and mobility problems. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial. #WakeUpToLyme
  • Lyme disease is a bacterial infection and is treated using antibiotics. #WakeUpToLyme
  • If you have been bitten by a tick and have an erythema migrans rash, a blood test is not necessary. Your GP should start treatment for Lyme disease immediately. #WakeUpToLyme
  • Blood testing for #Lymedisease is flawed. Lyme needs to be a clinical diagnosis based on symptoms and signs. #WakeUpToLyme
  • Approximately of Lyme disease patients never experience the erythema migrans ⅓ rash, and even if present can be atypical in nature. #WakeUpToLyme
  • If you are prescribed antibiotics for #Lymedisease by your doctor, take the full course even if you start to feel better. #WakeUpToLyme
  • #Lymedisease can be difficult to diagnose because symptoms can be varied and fluctuating. Lyme disease also mimics many other conditions. #WakeUpToLyme
Resources for raising awareness of tick bites and Lyme disease:

Public Health England’s ‘Be tick aware’ – Toolkit for raising awareness of the potential risk posed by ticks and tick-borne disease in England

The PHE toolkit contains information about ticks and Lyme disease in the UK, posters, template tweets and do’s and don’ts of raising tick awareness.

Royal College of GPs Lyme Disease Toolkit

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by the spirochaete Borrelia burgdorferi. It occurs worldwide, is increasing in incidence and is the most common vector-borne disease in the northern hemisphere. Whilst early recognition and treatment lead to resolution of the illness for many patients, late or missed diagnosis may result in persistent, debilitating symptoms.

Although Lyme disease symptoms may often be non-specific and difficult to recognise, heightened awareness amongst primary care clinicians will increase the likelihood of patients receiving early and effective treatment. Clinicians should be aware of the genuine scientific uncertainties and on-going research in relation to both diagnosis and treatment of this disease.

This toolkit is a user-friendly guide to Lyme disease for general practitioners and other health care professionals. Patients and the general public may also find it helpful