-How can you get head lice on your head?  From head-to-head contact with an infested person’s hair, but may be transferred with shared combs, hats and other hair accessories.

-They may also remain on bedding or upholstered furniture for a brief period.  A louse can live off of someone’s head for 48 hours.

-Head lice are a very common problem, second only to the common cold among communicable diseases affecting school children.

******Getting head lice is NOT a sign of bad personal hygiene or an unclean living environment. Anyone can become infested, young, old, rich, poor, clean or dirty. As a matter of fact, lice even prefer a clean scalp!!!! ******

Head lice infestation is very common and is distributed worldwide.  Preschool and elementary-age children, 3 to 11 years of age are infested most often.  Females are infested more often than males, probably due to more frequent head to head contact.  But anyone can get it!  Even moms and dads sometimes!