There are many measures you can take to protect yourself from ever falling victim to this nasty infection.

There is however, no vaccine available at present.

Prevention relies on people being aware of the risk that ticks present and using sensible measures to avoid being bitten.

These measures include wearing suitable clothing and frequently checking the skin for ticks.

It is also essential to know how to remove a tick properly if it is still present and to go promptly for medical advice if you notice any symptoms.

Lyme disease Action publishes a leaflet about tick removal.

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