Chickenpox making its way through school

To the Editor:

What’s Going Around at School?

Chickenpox:

If you or your child has not been vaccinated, please attend to this. Chickenpox begins with a fever, runny nose and cough; followed within 24 hours by a blister-like rash.

It can be spread to others from the time the child develops a fever until the blisters have dried and scabbed over – this is usually four to seven days. If your child has a fever, please do not give him/her tylenol or ibuprofen and send them to school.

If your child has a fever, he/she should not come back to until the fever is gone for 24 hours. Chickenpox is spread via secretions from the blisters or through the air when someone with chickenpox coughs or sneezes. The incubation period for chickenpox is 10 to 21 days after exposure.

 

Denise Wernecke
Caledonia School Nurse

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