Lyme Disease Awareness Month

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month in California and patient participation is important in making it a valuable public education opportunity. CALDA provides press releases for you to take to your local paper and keeps track of who is doing what on the online support and information group CaliforniaLyme. Be sure to join so that you can participate at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/californialyme

Proclamations declaring Lyme Disease Awareness Month are an effective educational tool. Many people take proclamations to their government representatives – county boards of supervisors, state legislators, city mayors - and have them read in May. Check with your town or county administrator for the proper dates and where to send your proclamation; usually you have to submit it several weeks before the meeting you want it adopted. You may go to receive the proclamation, and they will usually allow you to make a short statement. If proceedings are taped or televised on public media, even more people are educated. Take the proclamation to your library or public health or other public building to hang up so more people can see it.

Use the examples given to create your own proclamation. Include local facts and figures to support your points. Contact CALDA if you need help.

People in other states can join their own state group to take part in that state’s activities for Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Click here to find out how to join.

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You can use this Awareness Proclamation for Lyme Disease Awareness Month 2007 from Mendocino County as a template for creating your own. Contact CALDA if you need help.

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