Prevention

Flu Clinics 

During flu season, Acton Nursing Services offers a number flu clinics at the Acton Town Hall, the Acton Council on Aging and Acton-Boxborough High School for Acton residents.

Flu clinics are advertised on our website, The Beacon, Action Unlimited, and on the informational signs located in town.

Tick Borne Diseases

Deer ticks in Massachusetts can carry the germs that cause lyme disease, babesiosis and human granulocytic anaplasmosis (also known as human granulocytic ehrlichiosis). Deer ticks are capable of spreading more than one type of germ in a single bite.
  • Lyme disease is caused by bacteria (germs) that are spread by tiny, infected deer ticks. Both people and animals can have Lyme disease. Lyme disease is spread by the bite of an infected deer tick. The tick usually must be attached to a person for at least 24 hours before it can spread the germ. 
  • HGA (human granulocytic anaplasmosis) is caused by bacteria (germs) that attack certain types of white blood cells called granulocytes. HGA is one of the diseases that can be spread by the bite of an infected deer tick. The longer a tick remains attached and feeding, the higher the likelihood that it may spread the bacteria. Deer ticks in Massachusetts can also carry the germs that cause Lyme disease and babesiosis. Deer ticks are capable of spreading more than one type of germ in a single bite.
  • Babesiosis is a disease caused by a microscopic parasite (a type of germ similar to those that cause malaria) that infects red blood cells.Babesiosis is spread by the bite of an infected deer tick. The longer a tick remains attached and feeding,the higher the likelihood that it may spread the parasite. The tick must generally be attached to a person for at least 24-36 hours before it can spread the germ. 
  • Tick Repellant is a substance put on skin, clothing, or other surfaces which discourages ticks from crawling on that surface.Using a tick repellent can reduce your chances of being bitten by a tick and therefore reduce the risk that you will get one of these diseases.