Louse on child's headHead lice (Pediculus humanus capitis) are a common community problem. An estimated 6 to 12 million lice infestations occur each year in the United States, most commonly among children ages 3 to 11 years old. Head lice are most common among children attending child care or elementary school, and the household members of infested children. Lice are not dangerous and do not transmit disease, but they do spread easily. Head lice move by crawling; they cannot jump or fly.


Close-up view of louseWhen it is known that head lice are present in the community, parents are encouraged to check their children's head for lice on a regular basis throughout the year.
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