Head Lice Plan

Representatives of the City of Dubuque Health Services Department, Dubuque Community, and Western Dubuque Community School Districts, and the Visiting Nurse Association have formulated a countywide plan to address Pediculosis (head lice). Recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Dr. Russell Currier, D.V.M, and the National Pediculosis Association (NPA) were all taken into consideration when developing this plan. View the management plan (PDF).

Purpose of the Plan

It is evident that there are many, varying opinions on the causes and treatments of head lice. Children and parents often receive conflicting information regarding head lice and its treatment. The purpose of this document is to provide the most accurate, up-to-date information regarding head lice in a consistent manner. If Dubuque County has a consistent method for treating head lice and does so diligently, we have a much better chance of keeping the prevalence at a low rate. The goal is not to eradicate Pediculosis, since this is impossible, but to keep it at a manageable level.