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Unvaccinated Students Remain at Home Until Marysville School Deal with Chickenpox

Marysville High School is requesting unvaccinated students to remain home while the school takes action against an outbreak of chickenpox.

The St. Clair County Health Department published letters to around 37 families who they identified as higher risk, which means unvaccinated, asking them to get vaccinated or to stay at home till further notice.

Following Michigan Public Health Code, uncovered vulnerable students who can’t provide documentation of varicella immunity could be prohibited from attending school, work, and extracurricular activities until 21 days after the last identified case (date to be decided and dependent upon cases).

Students shall be re-admitted to Marysville High School instantly upon getting vaccinated or providing St. Clair County Health Department with acceptable documentation of immunity. If the vaccine dose administered was the primary varicella vaccine dose, the student could also be conditionally re-admitted immediately; however, the second dose of vaccine must be scheduled utilizing the age applicable minimal interval (3 months for persons 1-12 years of age, 28 days for persons 13 years and older). If the varicella dose administered was the second varicella dose, the student might be re-admitted immediately after vaccination.

 It could trigger an itchy, blister-like rash. The rash first seems on the chest, back, and face, after which spreads over all the body, causing around 250 and 500 itchy blisters. Chickenpox could be severe, particularly in babies, adolescents, adults, pregnant women, and people with a weakened immune system. One way to stop the disease is to get the chickenpox vaccine.

Chickenpox was very common in the USA. In the early year 1990s, an average of 4 million people infected by chickenpox, 10,500 to 13,000 have been hospitalized, and 100 to 150 died each year.

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