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State working to protect kids from Lyme disease

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Posted at 10:42 AM, Jun 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-03 12:28:54-04

A Lyme Disease prevention and education program for school-aged children has been given final passage in the Senate and is now on its way to the Governor.

"Early education and prevention are key. These diseases are especially dangerous if they go undetected for long periods of time, so it is critical that we give our kids the tools they need to recognize a tick and teach them what to do should they find one. This bill is about empowering our young people by giving them the information they need to keep themselves safe when they're enjoying the outdoors,"  said Senator Serino, who Chairs the Senate's Taskforce on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases.

The bill would specifically require the Commissioners of the Departments of Health and Education, as well as the Department of Environmental Conservation to collaborate on developing age-appropriate instructional materials to promote education and awareness for school-aged children to protect them from Lyme and TBDs.