What is Chickenpox?
Chickenpox is a very contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). It causes a blister-like rash, itching, tiredness, and fever. Rash can spread over the entire body and cause hundreds of itchy blisters.
Chickenpox can be serious, especially in babies, adults, and people with weakened immune systems. The best way to prevent chickenpox is to get the chickenpox vaccine.
Chickenpox is not a notifiable condition.
School health staff and providers do not typically need to report chickenpox. However, our public health consultants are available to provide information on infection control and prevention. For more information, call (253) 798-6410.
Resources for schools:
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Resources for healthcare providers:
- CDC Chickenpox (Varicella) Page—Clinical guidelines for healthcare professionals.