Health Office Notice
Chicken pox still occurs even with current vaccination for this illness. Chicken pox is caused by the varicella zoster virus. Listed below is information for you to have about this illness:
- It is a common and contagious childhood viral disease.
- Some children have been given varivax vaccine for prevention.
- It is possible to contract chicken pox even with the vaccine.
- It is usually more severe in adults than children.
- 90-95% of individuals contract this infection during childhood.
- It is spread by airborne droplets that are inhaled or by contact with fluid from the chicken pox lesion or blister.
- Symptoms occur in about 14-16 days after infection.
- Symptoms include fever, headache, abdominal pain, poor appetite, and a general feeling of ill health (malaise).
- A characteristic rash develops. The lesions are small, red, and very itchy, and soon become clear, fluid-filled blisters (vesicles). They are present on the trunk, arms, legs, face, and scalp.
- Initial lesions dry and form scabs while new ones erupt.
- Newborns, infants, elderly persons, and those with an impaired immune system may develop a severe form of chicken pox.
- Treat symptoms supportively with products that help alleviate the itching. Lotions and aveeno baths may help. Check with your doctor and pharmacist for treatment options. Keep fingernails trimmed so you child does not scratch and cause infection or scarring.
- Generally, a child can return to school on the 6th day after the onset of the last lesions develop and become dry and crusted. Have the school nurse check your child upon returning to school. Follow your doctor’s recommendation.
- If you are pregnant and have been in contact with contact with an infected person (chicken pox), consult your doctor immediately.