Back to Top Skip to main content

Protect your family from Lyme disease this summer

Every year, roughly 30,000 Americans contract Lyme disease from a blacklegged tick. (CDC photo) Every year, roughly 30,000 Americans contract Lyme disease from a blacklegged tick. (CDC photo)

Recommended Content:

TRICARE Health Program | Bug-Borne Illnesses

For many, summer heat brings more outdoor play for the entire family. But being outside also increases your risk of getting a tick-borne disease. You can protect your loved ones and pets from the dangers of Lyme disease. Know how to decrease your risk of tick bites and recognize the symptoms of Lyme disease. And should you or a family member get Lyme disease, your TRICARE benefit can help you get the care you need.

Every year, roughly 30,000 Americans contract Lyme disease from a blacklegged tick. Lyme disease risk is highest in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, and upper Midwest, with pockets of reduced risk along the west coast. Be aware of the risk where you travel this summer.

Protect Yourself from Ticks

The best way to prevent Lyme disease is by avoiding ticks. Be sure to wear long pants and socks, especially when walking through the woods. If you spend your day working in the garden or playing in the yard, check your skin for ticks. Make this a part of your daily routine, especially for small children who may not be as careful. For extra protection, use an Environmental Protection Agency-registered insect repellant when outdoors. Check with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for more tips to prevent tick bites

Recognize Symptoms of Lyme disease

The most common symptoms of Lyme disease are fever, headache, fatigue, or a bullseye-shaped rash around a tick bite. If left untreated, Lyme disease can also cause joint pain, chronic fatigue, and in extreme circumstances, heart and nervous system complications. You may experience symptoms several days or months after getting the disease and may not observe all symptoms. The CDC recommends you seek medical attention if you observe any symptoms and have noticed a tick bite, live in an area known for Lyme disease, or have recently traveled to an area where the disease occurs.

Treat Lyme disease

A diagnosis requires a positive blood test. Your TRICARE benefit covers this test if ordered by a TRICARE-authorized provider. If diagnosed early, your doctor may treat Lyme disease with a standard round of antibiotics covered by your benefit when medically necessary. If diagnosed, your provider can determine the appropriate antibiotic to fight the disease. If the disease remains untreated, more intensive courses of medication may be required in the future.

If you think you’ve been bitten, contact your primary care manager or Military Health System Nurse Advice Line for assistance. This summer, take command of your health and keep your family safe from the dangers of Lyme disease. For more about bug-borne diseases, check out Bug Week at the Military Health System. For more on your benefits and what TRICARE covers, check out the TRICARE website.

You also may be interested in...

DS Logon

Video
8/15/2019
DHA Seal

This video describes the various portals you can access through your DS Logon account

Recommended Content:

TRICARE Health Program | Military Health System Electronic Health Record | MHS GENESIS

Moments in Military Medicine: Bug Week

Video
7/30/2019
Moments in Military Medicine: Bug Week

Learn about the connection between military medicine and yellow fever in this video

Recommended Content:

Bug-Borne Illnesses | Bug Week: July 27 - August 2

Bug Week: Fleas

Video
7/22/2019
DHA Seal

Fleas aren’t just annoying to cats and dogs, they can carry diseases dangerous to humans too. Follow these tips to protect yourself.

Recommended Content:

Bug-Borne Illnesses | Bug Week: July 27 - August 2

Bug Week: Mosquitoes

Video
7/22/2019
DHA Seal

What's the deadliest animal in the world? Mosquitoes! Besides leaving itchy bites, mosquitoes can also carry potentially deadly illnesses. Take steps to protect yourself.

Recommended Content:

Bug-Borne Illnesses | Bug Week: July 27 - August 2 | Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

Bug Week: Ticks

Video
7/22/2019
DHA Seal

Whether spending time in your backyard or deep in the woods, stay safe from harmful diseases from ticks with the following tips.

Recommended Content:

Bug Week: July 27 - August 2 | Bug-Borne Illnesses | Tick-Borne Illnesses

TRICARE Preventive Services

Video
1/14/2019
TRICARE Preventive Services

Watch this video to learn more about all the preventive services your TRICARE benefit covers.

Recommended Content:

TRICARE Health Program | Preventive Health

TRICARE Open Season 2018

Video
9/19/2018
TRICARE Open Season 2018

TRICARE is establishing an open enrollment season. Watch this video to learn more about what this means for your TRICARE benefit.

Recommended Content:

TRICARE Health Program

Retiring from active duty 2018

Video
9/10/2018
Retiring from active duty 2018

Watch this video to learn more about your TRICARE options when you retire from active duty

Recommended Content:

TRICARE Health Program

Fleas 2018

Video
7/30/2018
Fleas 2018

MHS observes Bug Week! Learn more about how to protect yourself--and your pets--from fleas by watching this video.

Recommended Content:

Bug-Borne Illnesses

Mosquitoes 2018

Video
7/30/2018
Mosquitoes 2018

MHS observes Bug Week! Learn more about how to stay safe from mosquitoes and the diseases they carry by watching this video.

Recommended Content:

Mosquito-Borne Illnesses | Preventing Mosquito-Borne Illnesses | Bug-Borne Illnesses

Ticks 2018

Video
7/30/2018
Ticks 2018

MHS observes Bug Week! Learn more about how to keep safe from ticks, and the diseases they carry, by watching this video.

Recommended Content:

Bug-Borne Illnesses | Tick-Borne Illnesses

TRICARE Changes Urgent Care

Video
4/3/2018
TRICARE Changes Urgent Care

Recommended Content:

TRICARE Health Program

TRICARE Changes: Are you ready? #TakeCommand

Video
12/8/2017
TRICARE Changes: Are you ready? #TakeCommand

This video spot describes the changes that are coming in 2018.

Recommended Content:

TRICARE Health Program

TRICARE Changes: New Regions #TakeCommand

Video
12/8/2017
TRICARE Changes: New Regions #TakeCommand

This video spot describes how the three TRICARE regions are changing to two.

Recommended Content:

TRICARE Health Program

TRICARE Changes: New Provider Directories #TakeCommand

Video
12/7/2017
TRICARE Changes: New Provider Directories #TakeCommand

To find a network providers in your region visit: TRICARE East- https://www.tricare-east.com TRICARE West- https://www.tricare-west-com

Recommended Content:

TRICARE Health Program
<< < 1 2 > >> 
Showing results 1 - 15 Page 1 of 2

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

Some documents are presented in Portable Document Format (PDF). A PDF reader is required for viewing: Download a PDF Reader or learn more about PDFs.