Thank you for your interest in our ‘Wake Up To Lyme’ campaign for schools!
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans through the bite of an infected tick. May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and our campaign aims to raise awareness of how to prevent tick bites and what you should do if you’re bitten. We would be delighted if your school could take part!
The number of ticks in the UK is on the rise, which increasingly puts students and staff at risk. Whilst the UK countryside is some of the safest in the world, tick bites are probably the highest risk we face when outdoors.
Ticks can be as small as poppy seeds and have a painless bite, so they are often missed. Symptoms may also be delayed, so many people do not realise they have been bitten. Sadly, this can have serious consequences, as early diagnosis and treatment are essential to prevent long-term complications.
It is therefore crucial that your school is aware of tick bite prevention methods, and the need to protect staff and pupils.
Resources for schools
We have developed a number of resources for schools to use, as well as guidelines to ensure that staff and students remain safe on outdoor excursions:
- School trip checklist and risk assessment to complete before all school trips.
- Downloadable Wake Up To Lyme posters and leaflets. If you would like to order hard copies, please send us an email.
- Short awareness animation to help inform parents and pupils of the dangers of tick bites via email, or in your next school newsletter.
- Listen to free webinar training on Lyme disease awareness.
- Discounted tick repellent and removers for schools.
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Fun Awareness And Fundraising Activities
During May, we would be delighted if you would consider holding a Lyme disease awareness cake sale, summer fair or a dress-down day to raise awareness and funds for us. Ideas for events can be found here!