Lice - Prevention

There are no vaccines or skin treatments to protect a person against lice. The most people can do is follow a few simple rules to reduce the risk of contracting (getting) lice. These rules include:

  • Teaching school-age children the basics of good hygiene. This includes the importance of not lending or borrowing combs, brushes, or hats.
  • Notifying and treating the sexual partners of adults who have pubic lice.
  • Checking homeless people, elderly patients who are unable to care for themselves, and other high-risk individuals before they are admitted to a hospital. In this way, other patients in the hospital may be protected from lice.

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