Chickenpox is a highly infectious disease which results in a blister-like rash, itching, tiredness and fever. The rash appears first on the trunk and face, but can spread over the entire body causing itching blisters. Chickenpox spreads from person to person through direct contact or through the air from a sick person’s coughing or sneezing. A person with chickenpox is contagious 1-2 days before the rash appears and until all blisters are crusted. It takes from 10-21 days after contact with an infected person for someone to develop chickenpox. Children with chickenpox are not usually very sick, but sometimes they may develop serious complications.
A vaccine that can prevent chickenpox (varicella vaccine) is now available. The vaccine is recommended for children in two separate doses.
Please consider the following [named of local health dept] recommendations:
1- Two doses of varicella vaccine are recommended.
2- If your child did not receive any dose of varicella vaccine please contact your child’s
doctor as soon as possible to have you child vaccinated.
3- If your child was vaccinated with only one dose of varicella vaccine please contact
your child’s doctor as soon as possible to have your child vaccinated with the second
dose of varicella vaccine.
4- If your child does develop chickenpox, he/she should be kept from attending school
until the rash has crusted over, usually for seven days. The child must see the school
nurse before returning to class.
We thank you for your cooperation and urge you to contact us at any time if you have questions.