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Get a Prescription: Avoid Lyme Disease and the Zika Virus

Use insect repellents to help protect you and your family from Lyme disease and Zika. HUSKY Health will help.

HUSKY Health members can get insect repellents as a covered pharmacy benefit to help protect against Lyme disease, Zika, and other insect-borne diseases. Contact your Primary Care Provider (PCP) for a prescription today.

Talk to your provider for a prescription to cover the cost of any of the following products*:

  • Off Deep Woods Dry
  • Off Family Care
  • Off Deep Woods
  • Off Active
  • Repel Sportsmen
  • Repel Sportsmen Max
  • Cutter Backwoods
  • Cutter Skinsations

* A provider prescription is required for mosquito repellents to be covered by HUSKY Health.

Prevent tick bites by:

  • Wearing insect repellent that has DEET in it.
  • Check for ticks at the end of each day.
  • Take a shower to help wash off the ticks you can’t see.
  • Change clothes. Don’t put on clothes you have already worn that might have ticks still crawling on them.
  • Avoid taking short cuts through thick brush and grass.

To learn more about protecting yourself and your family from ticks, go to http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3136&q=528408

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people living in areas without the Zika virus should:

  • Avoid travel to an area with Zika.
  • Take steps to avoid mosquito bites.
  • Take steps to prevent getting Zika through sex.
  • See a doctor or other healthcare provider if you are pregnant and have traveled to an area with Zika – even if you don’t feel sick.

To learn more about protecting yourself and your family from Zika, go to http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pregnancy/protect-yourself.html

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Watch Out for Ticks! How You and Your Family Can Stay Safe this Summer

Warm weather in Connecticut means that ticks are out. Some ticks carry diseases such as Lyme disease, and a bite from a tick can make you sick.

The best ways to avoid ticks and Lyme disease are by using insect repellents, checking for ticks, and showering after being outdoors. HUSKY Health members can get insect repellents as a covered pharmacy benefit.

Types of ticks

Ticks are tiny bugs that look like spiders and have eight legs. They live in areas with tall grass, brush, or fallen leaves. Ticks eat blood and can spread diseases from animals to humans. Some of the diseases that ticks spread, such as Lyme disease, can be very serious and have lifelong effects. Ticks are small and can be hard to see. Some are no bigger than a poppy seed! Here are a few different types of ticks:

Removing a Tick

If you do get a tick bite, you’ll need to know how to remove a tick.

  • Stay calm! Use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers.
  • Grasp the tick as close to the head as possible and pull straight up with steady pressure. Do not twist or jerk.
  • If the mouth parts stay in your skin, use the tweezers to pull them out. If they won’t come out, let the skin heal.
  • Dispose of a live tick by putting it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet. Never crush a tick with your fingers.
  • Do not use petroleum jelly to “smother” the tick so that it will back itself out. This method does not work.

If you develop a fever or a rash within several weeks of removing a tick, see your Primary Care Provider (PCP). Be sure to tell your PCP about the tick bite, when it happened and where you were when you got the tick bite. For more information about ticks and Lyme disease in Connecticut, go to: http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3136&q=395590 and https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/index.html

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