Cases of chickenpox confirmed at Carmel Clay Schools

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CARMEL, Ind. (March 5, 2015)– An email was sent Thursday to parents who have students at Carmel Clay Schools, informing them that there are confirmed cases of varicella, also known as chickenpox. Indiana law requires that all students in kindergarten through 12th grade have two doses of the varicella vaccine, unless the child has a history of chickenpox.

The first dose should be given at 12-15 months of age, and the second dose at 4-6 years of age. Students who have received varicella vaccine can still get chickenpox. When previously vaccinated students become ill with varicella, it is called “breakthrough” chickenpox.

It is unclear how many cases have been confirmed.

Parents can check their child’s vaccination history by contacting their physician’s office or the school nurse for immunization records. The Indiana State Department of Health has also launched MyVaxIndiana, a web application that allows parents to view their child’s immunization record online.

Chickenpox causes a rash, itching, fever, and tiredness. People who develop severe cases of chickenpox may have pneumonia, encephalitis, or systemic bacterial infections.

Chickenpox virus can be spread from person to person through the air, or contact with fluid from the chicken pox blisters.

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