You are at greatest risk of getting Lyme disease from a tick bite if you:
The risk of Lyme disease is highest during the spring and summer (May through August), when ticks are most active and people spend more time outdoors.
Lyme disease is most common among young children and those who work or live in wooded areas, because they are more likely to spend time outdoors in tick-infested areas. But even in areas where Lyme disease occurs most often, very few tick bites lead to Lyme disease.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2008). Table 2: Reported cases of notifiable diseases by geographic division and area section of Summary of Notifiable Diseases—United States, 2006. MMWR, 55(53): 22–32.
- American Academy of Pediatrics (2009). Lyme disease. In LK Pickering, ed., Red Book: 2009 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases, 28th ed., pp. 430–435. Elk Grove, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.
Last Revised: August 31, 2010
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