Wake Up To Lyme Campaign For Schools

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:

**** Guide for school nurses *****

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!

Poster Competition

We are running a poster design competition for pupils to raise awareness of tick bites. Age-appropriate ideas are provided in the lesson plans on our website. There are three categories: Reception to Year 2, Year 3-6 and Year 7-13.
If your school would like to take part, students can get designing and then take a vote on the school’s favourite poster! Please email us a copy of the winning entry by Wednesday 17th May, along with the school name, the pupil’s name and their age. Winning posters will be used as part of our campaign, and will be announced on our website and social media!
Many thanks for reading and we hope that you will join us in helping to prevent further Lyme disease infections this year. If you have any questions about our campaign, we would love to hear from you – please send us an email!