Head Lice

Head lice are small insects that live on the scalp.  Anyone can get head lice. They are common in classrooms and day care centres because children play closely together.

Head lice are not dangerous and they do not spread disease, but they are contagious and can be a very pesky problem. Having dirty hair does not cause head lice. Head lice cannot fly or jump and you cannot get them from your pets.

Fact Sheets

Find ways to protect against, and safely treat, head lice.

Head Lice Fact Sheet  (PDF - 2 pages)

Prévenir les poux de tête (PDF - French)

Head Lice Answers for the Public (PDF - 7 pages)

Head Lice Answers for Teachers (PDF - 8 pages)