Unvaccinated students at a high school in eastern Michigan were told to stay home following an outbreak of chickenpox at the school.
The Clair County Health Department, along with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, announced the outbreak at Marysville High School. The announcement detailed that health officials, along with the Marysville school district, have identified about 37 unvaccinated students who are susceptible to highly contagious virus.
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the Michigan Public Health Code, exposed susceptible students who cannot provide vaccination or immunity history documentation will be excluded from attending school, work or extracurricular activities until 21
The students will be readmitted
Immunity, according to a news release, is defined as the documentation of two valid doses of live chickenpox vaccine at or after 12 months of age or "lab records of immunity or confirmation of disease."
Chickenpox is a highly contagious virus that spreads when an infected person coughs, sneezes or even talks. The virus can also spread to an unvaccinated person if they come in contact with an infected person's chickenpox blisters.
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Symptoms typically include fever, headache, lethargy and an itchy rash.
“The chickenpox (varicella) vaccine is the best protection against chickenpox. It is important to make sure you and your children's vaccines are up to date to help prevent outbreaks and protect people who are vaccinated, ”Dr. St. Annette Mercatante, the The Clair County Health Department's medical health officer said in a statement.