It has come to our attention that there have been cases of Chickenpox in our community. Chickenpox is a highly communicable disease, which is contagious shortly before (1-2 days usually but up to 5 days) the rash develops and for the period during which the person has moist and recurring blisters. It is no longer considered contagious after all blisters have dried and scabbed over and there are no new blisters (usually 5-6 days). There may be a period of up to 21 days from the time of exposure during which a person could “come down” with Chickenpox, but commonly from 14-16 days.
Children who have had the Chickenpox vaccine may occasionally have a “mild” case of the disease, which typically lasts 1-4 days.
Please contact your health care provider if you have questions about susceptible family members, E.G.: unimmunized children, immunodeficient individuals, adults not previously infected and for home care instructions. It is not ordinarily necessary to take you child to the clinic or ER unless there are severe symptoms such as listlessness or inability to take fluids. If this occurs, call first so they can prepare and avoid contact with susceptible persons in their care.
Symptoms of Chickenpox are:
- Fever (usually low-grade in infants and young children)
- Itchy rash consisting of crops of red spots and blisters progressing rapidly to crusted scabs sometimes so quickly that the parent doesn’t notice the red spots or blisters
- Illness typically lasts about 5-7 days
Emilee Pruitt, BSN RN