HPRU EZI members Maaike Pietzsch and Dr Jolyon Medlock, having been awarded funding to support public engagement activities, have produced new tick awareness material aimed at key stage 1 and 2 aged children.
The new leaflet contains key messages on how to prevent tick bites and gives advice on safe tick removal. The material has been drawn from existing PHE tick awareness leaflets but adapted to contain language suitable for and engaging to children within key stage 1 and 2 and include captivating images and illustrations. The content is consistent with behavioural science and entomology research, to ensure scientific accuracy and also importantly, promotes uptake of preventative behaviours. Teaching children how to recognise ticks, and be aware of the importance of protective behaviours, will make it more likely that parents will carry out tick checks, removing ticks promptly and reducing the risk of acquiring infection.