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Ticks and Lyme Disease

If you are enjoying the great outdoors be aware that local blacklegged ticks may transmit Lyme disease.  These ticks are most commonly found in wooded areas or areas with tall grasses.

You can prevent tick bites, and help prevent the spread of Lyme disease by:

  • Applying an approved insect repellent containing DEET or Icaridin and/or wearing permethrin-treated clothing
  • Doing a tick check on yourself, your children and pets after playing outdoors
  • If a tick is found, removing it promptly
  • Consider contacting your primary health care provider – see our Bitten by a Tick? resource for more information.
  • Contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Common signs and symptoms of Lyme disease are a bull’s eye rash (this occurs in approximately 70-80% of cases), fatigue, muscle or joint pain, headache, fever, stiff neck and decreased appetite.

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

Individuals 12 and over who have not yet had a first dose, or those who meet the minimum second dose interval are now eligible to attend HPEPH walk-in clinics. To view the schedule, visit the Booking and Eligibility Page.

If you attended a clinic and did not receive an email copy of your vaccination receipt you can download a copy off the provincial booking site at Ontario.ca/bookvaccine.

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Individuals 12 and over can also receive their vaccination at participating local pharmacies. Please visit covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations for location and registration information.

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS IN HPEPH

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Low-risk and indirect contacts should self monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the time of potential exposure and seek testing if symptoms develop. Low risk contacts do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop, and can continue to attend school/work/daycare while monitoring for symptoms.