Did you know every season is tick season?
Posted on 04/25/2018
Cartoon image of a Dr and Patient talking about ticks

Ticks can be active throughout the year and don’t always die off in the winter. But, like people and pets, they enjoy warmer temperatures. Schools take advantage of the nice weather by scheduling more outdoor activities which can lead to a higher exposure.

Lyme disease is a bacteria spread by some ticks and can make you ill. Prince William County recorded 55 cases of Lyme disease in 2016. With precautions though, students and staff can stay safe from ticks.

There are important steps you can take to help students avoid ticks, and to check them for these potential disease carriers. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommend using a tick repellent on skin and clothing, and frequently checking body areas including: 

  • Under the arms
  • In and around the ears
  • Inside the belly button
  • Back of the knees
  • In and around all head and body hair

The CDC also advises checking clothing, possessions, and pets for any ticks they might transport into homes.

Please visit the websites below for detailed information on dealing with ticks and tick-related health concerns. Sites include information on tick prevention, removing ticks that become attached, and when to contact a doctor. The second website, from the Virginia Department of Health, includes several useful videos on these issues. The third website debunkes myths about ticks.

CDC Website  Virginia Department of Health

Tick Myths Debunked