Tick Bite Prevention Music Video from Fairfax County

May 22, 2018 | Michelle Shapiro

The Fairfax County Health Department in Virginia released a new music video to educate the public about Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

The video highlights these simple steps people can take to prevent tick bites:

  • Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter, and walk in the center of trails. Maintain a tick-free yard by keeping grass mowed.
  • Use repellent that is proven to be safe and effective at keeping ticks away: DEET, picaridin, or IR3535 on exposed skin for protection that lasts several hours. Use products that contain 0.5% permethrin on clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents. Always follow label instructions.
  • Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) and conduct a full body check to find ticks that may be crawling on you. Carefully remove ticks you find with fine-tipped tweezers.
  • Seek medical attention if you have symptoms such as fever, headache, fatigue and rash and have had a tick bite, live in an area known for Lyme disease, or have recently traveled to an area where Lyme disease occurs.

Learn more and watch the video here.


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Michelle Shapiro is a communication specialist for the Environmental Health & Disability team at NACCHO.

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