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.