CHI Implements a Lyme Disease Prevention Campaign in NH

An estimated 200,000-400,000 people in the United States contract Lyme disease each year, although only ~35,000 are reported. Incidence has been increasing in both the United States and New Hampshire and New Hampshire has the second highest incidence rate of Lyme TIck Free NHdisease in the country (CDC).

TicksThe Community Health Institute (CHI) is working with a range of state and community partners throughout New Hampshire to identify, prioritize, and fund Lyme disease prevention efforts around the state.

Prevent: Wearing tick-repellent clothing, tucking long pants into socks, having long sleeves, using insect repellent, and staying to the center of paths, is the best way for people to prevent tick bites when they venture outdoors.

Inspect: Do a tick check on yourself, your children, and pets after being outside, every time.

Remove: If you find a tick on your body, your children, or your pets it is important to remove it immediately. To properly remove an attached tick using a plain set of fine-tipped tweezers or a tick removal spoon – learn more at!

The project is funded by a private donor through the NH Charitable Foundation; an advisory committee helped to prioritize the prevention activities and determine the best partners to carry out implementation. CHI is working with stakeholders who are on the front line of tick encounter prevention, such as: summer camps, childcare facilities, schools, and parks, and focusing prevention messaging on parents of children aged 2 to 13 and recreational outdoors enthusiasts. CHI will also implement a grassroots education campaign to inform and protect the New Hampshire public about Lyme disease prevention.

Help share the message of Lyme disease prevention and help New Hampshire be #TickFreeNH


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