Single Confirmed Case

American Leadership Academy Ironwood notified all parents that a single case of Chicken Pox has been confirmed.

The letter sent to parents stated that students had been in contact with a child that contracted chickenpox.

“Varicella causes an acute illness with a rash that results in children missing days at school while they have a rash and parents missing work when they stay home to take care of their child. Most children now are vaccinated with at least one does of Varicella vaccine but because one dose of vaccine is 80-85% effective for preventing chickenpox, it is not unusual to see a breakthrough disease. Two doses of  Varicella vaccine are now routine recommended for children.” stated the letter sent to the parents dated October 31, 2018.

The letter goes on to say, “What should you do? The CDC strongly encourages you to have your child receive their first or second dose of Varicella vaccine if your child has not been vaccinated and has never had chickenpox. For children who had received 1 dose, a second dose is recommended.”

“Anyone who has chickenpox should avoid contact with others who have not had chickenpox or who are not vaccinated against the chickenpox. They should not attend school, day care, work, parties and/or other gatherings until the blisters become crusted, or no new lesions appear within a 24 hour period.”

The CDC states that “Varicella (also called chickenpox) is a very contagious viral disease. It is caused by the varicella zoster virus. Chickenpox is usually mild, but it can be serious in infants under 12 months of age, adolescents, adults, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems.”

In regards to ages to receive the vaccine, the CDC states on their site that Children 12 months through 12 years of age should get 2 doses of chickenpox vaccine, usually: 

  • First dose: 12 through 15 months of age. Second dose: 4 through 6 years of age
  • People 13 years of age or older who didn’t get the vaccine when they were younger, and have never had chickenpox, should get 2 doses at least 28 days apart

The CDC also gives recommendations as to who shouldn’t receive the vaccine which includes, but isn’t limited to severe, life-threatening allergies, pregnant, or thinks she might be pregnant, weakened immune system, or has a parent, brother, or sister with a history of immune system problems.

For additional information from the CDC go to:
www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/varicella.html

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