The image shows rashes caused by a chicken pox infection of an unvaccinated person. The degree to which rash occurs…
The image shows rashes caused by a chicken pox infection of an unvaccinated person. The degree to which rash occurs is significantly less in vaccinated subjects. (19459013) CDC )
Dozens of students and staff at Washington School are advised to stay away from the facility while there is an ongoing outbreak of chickenpox.
What are some important things to know about chickenpox and chickenpox vaccination?
At a southern washington primary school, dozens of students and staff reported that they would clean the school for several weeks due to an outbreak of chickenpox. Clark County Public Health says that it is especially school staff as well as children without vaccination or immunity to chickenpox who must stay home for about three weeks starting on Monday. This is according to a letter sent to parents only on Thursday.
So far, there are five people who have confirmed that they have chickenpox and 38 students are expected to go to school due to the outbreak of the disease. However, those who are allowed to vaccinate before the three-week period can return to the school when producing proof of immunity.
Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus and is characterized by fever, fatigue, itching and blister-like rashes. Its signature rash often starts in the stomach, back and face, and can then spread to other body parts, leaving the patient with about 250 to 500 blistering blisters.
It is a highly contagious disease that can easily be spread from the patient to the one who has not had it yet or to someone who is unvaccinated. In fact, a person can spread the disease from up to one or two days before the rash begins until and until it is gone or has formed scabs.
The transmission is often done by drops when the infected person is talking and simply by touching the respiration of the virus from the blisters. After exposure, it takes up to two weeks before a person develops chickenpox.
It is worth noting that even those who are vaccinated can still spread the disease to others or perhaps catch the disease, but with much milder symptoms. [1
For most, pox pox once gets the immunity they need for their entire life. This means that a person who has already had chickenpox earlier will not get it again. However, some people still get chickenpox even after they have already had it, although this is a much less common occurrence.
As said, chickenpox can be serious or even life-threatening, especially among infants, adolescents, some adults, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems. In fact, a 4-year-old girl with leukemia died in 2012 of chickenpox because of her compromised immune system.
As such, it is important for children and adults to be vaccinated against chickenpox in order to prevent or even slow the spread of disease to members of society, especially those who are more vulnerable.
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