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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. Public Health Ontario has posted a map of Estimated Risk Areas for Lyme Disease in Ontario.

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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Need More Information About Ticks and Lyme Disease?

Call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 677.

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

Appointments for individuals 5+ can be booked through the provincial vaccine booking site, or by calling 1-833-943-3900 from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week.  

Due to limited supply, HPEPH will initially be prioritizing available bivalent vaccine for residents and workers at identified highest-risk facilities.  Some HPEPH vaccination clinics MAY offer the bivalent vaccine, as availability allows. Vaccine clinics in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties will continue to offer monovalent vaccines (the same mRNA vaccines given as the primary series) for all eligible individuals until a steady supply of the bivalent vaccine is available.

Visit the HPEPH vaccine booking web page for details.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Symptoms or exposure? Visit www.ontario.ca/exposed for the most up to date information about what to do.

For the most up to date information on current provincial restrictions, visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/public-health-measures.

The Ministry of Health has launched a new toll-free line as an additional resource to help answer questions from the public regarding evolving COVID-19 testing and isolation guidance. The line can be reached at 1-888-777-0730, and is available from 8 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week.