Can Rocky Mountain spotted fever be prevented?

No vaccine exists to prevent Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The only way to prevent the infection is to avoid being bitten by a tick. Some ways to avoid tick bites include:

  • Checking your clothes and skin for ticks regularly when in woods or grassy areas.
  • Using insect repellent for exposed skin and permethrin-containing compounds for clothing.
  • Checking pets for ticks before they come into your house.

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