Head Lice are one of the most common communicable conditions. An estimated 6 to 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States,  most commonly among children ages 3 to 11 years old. Live lice feed on human blood and live clost to the human scalp. They are not dangerous and do not transmit disease, but they are contagious. Children in preschool or elementary school, and those who live with them, are the most commonly addected.

Head Lice are wingless insects and cannot jump or fly. They move by crawling, and are mostly spread by direct head-to-head contact -- for example, during play at home or school, slumber parties, sports activites or camp. It is also possible to spread head lice by contact with clothing, such as hats, scarves, coats or other personal items, such as combs, brushes or towels.

 

 

        www.nasn.org/toolsresources/headlicepediculosiscapitis/licelessons

 

         Above link will take you to National Association of School Nurses: Tools and Resources page where you can access vital and useful information about Head Lice such as these topics below.

 

            Head Lice 101 Presentation: An Overview for Parents, Teachers and Communities
A presentation to help educate parents, teachers and your community during the next school, PTA or PTO meeting

 

          Head Lice 101 (for Parents): What Every Parent Should Know About Head Lice
A quick, easy-to-read factsheet to help dispel myths and prepare parents before they experience an infestation

 

               Facing Head Lice: A Guide For Families
A simple step-by-step guide for parents and caregivers, including information about treating and removing head lice from the home