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.