Tustumena Elementary Newsletter

December 8, 2014 - Notification from Nurse - Follow-up

Just making sure this notice is sent out. Regular newsletter will come out tomorrow.

There have been two cases of reported varicella (chickenpox) in a central peninsula area school. As you recall, varicella is very contagious. People who are not immune usually develop symptoms 10 days to 3 weeks after exposure. Chickenpox is contagious for a few days before the rash appears and for five to seven days after the spots appear. Symptoms of chickenpox usually start with a fever, headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, cold, cough, and may include abdominal pain. In children, the rash may be the first sign of the disease. The lesions appear within a few days and are a pimple-like and pruritic (itchy) rash that appear anywhere on the body. The clear blisters evolve to crusted spots.

People who have been vaccinated against varicella have a reduced risk of becoming ill with the disease but a small percentage may still become ill. Usually the case is very mild; however, they can still spread it to others.

People who have more severe symptoms and may be at higher risk for complications include:

  • Infants
  • Pregnant women
  • People with weakened immune systems

You will find more information at the CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/chickenpox/hcp/index.html