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Southampton Hospital’s Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center has arranged a series of programs about ticks and tick-borne diseases to be held at the Riverhead Free Library. The programs will cover education about and prevention of tick-borne diseases, the Alpha-gal meat allergy and tick safety in the session aimed at children. The programs are free and open to the public.

The schedule of the sessions and a brief synopsis of what will be covered in each follows.

On Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 7 p.m.,Jerry Simons, RPA-C will discuss Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease – Education and Prevention.

Chances are that you, or someone you know, has been diagnosed with Lyme or another tick-borne disease. Jerry Simons, RPA-C, a member of the Medical Advisory Panel of Southampton Hospital’s Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center, and who has over twenty years experience in treating Lyme, will speak about the types of diseases that are carried by the different species of ticks found on Eastern Long Island, and the symptoms, diagnostic tests, and treatment options that are available. Prevention strategies will also be discussed. Learn how to keep your family safe. There will be ample question and answer time. Everyone will receive a free tick kit.

On Monday, July 11, 2016  at 7 p.m., Erin E. McGintee, MD will discuss the Alpha-gal meat allergy caused by a tick.

Do you know someone who can no longer eat meat? Allergist Erin McGintee, MD of ENT and Allergy Associates, and a member of the Medical Advisory Panel of Southampton Hospital’s Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center, will lecture about the Alpha-gal meat allergy which is caused by a bite from the Lone Star Tick. Dr. McGintee has treated over 300 East End residents for this allergy and she is considered the regional expert in the field, having been interviewed about “A-gal” by the Associated Press, New York City television stations, Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, and even the BBC.

On Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 11 a.m., April Boitano, MSED, PreK-6th, SWD will hold “Train Your Eyes to be TickWise,” a fun program to teach young children about tick safety.

Children are most at-risk for developing Lyme and other tick diseases due to their frequent outdoor activities. Join “The Tick Lady” in empowering your children to learn about ticks, tick bites, and how to protect yourself and your pets from illness through education. “The Tick Lady” uses an entertaining puppet show to demonstrate how to keep safe. This program is presented in cooperation with Southampton Hospital’s Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center and East End Tick Control.

For information about any of the sessions, or to reserve a seat in them, call (631) 727-3228.

Source: Press release issued by Southampton Hospital dated June 10, 2016.

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