Posted Date: 09/09/2019
A case of Chickenpox has been reported at Livingston High School. The following information is for your reference.
Chicken Pox is caused by a virus and is spread from person to person through direct contact with the chickenpox rash of an infected person, or by respiratory droplets expelled when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes. It may take from 10 to 21 days after exposure to an infected person for the illness to appear. (commonly 14-17 days) Infected students may return to school when released by their physician.
A vaccine to prevent Chickenpox is available and required for specific ages according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. Breakthrough cases of Chickenpox disease have been documented in children who have had the immunization. Disease in vaccinated children can be mild or absent of fever with few lesions, which might not be blister-like. The vaccine is 95% effective in preventing moderate or severe disease. Exclusion from school is the same as previously discussed.
Consult your physician with any questions and concerns and any pregnant woman who has been exposed should consult their physician.
For more information visit the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/chickenpox/index.html
Livingston High School Administration