Head Lice

Head lice are tiny insects that make their home in human hair. Anyone can get head lice and it is fairly common in school-age children.

Information for Health Professionals

  • Head Lice
    This article originally appeared in The Journal of Pediatrics, the peer-reviewed, scientific journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP); May 2015. Attention: Non-MDH link.
  • Parasites – Lice – Head Lice
    General information about the parasite including epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Attention: Non-MDH link.
  • Infectious Diseases in Childcare Settings and Schools Manual
    This manual provides additional information on infectious diseases in childcare and school settings, including disease specific fact sheets for childcare agencies and schools. Communicable disease fact sheets on head lice are available in English, Somali, and Spanish.

  • About Lice and Their Control
    Basic information about the parasite and treatment tips from the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Attention: Non-MDH link.

Updated Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 09:26AM