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Chickenpox - Symptoms and Prevention
Posted 06/10/2017 06:41PM

Chickenpox (Varicella) has made an appearance in our UNIS Hanoi community and beyond. Please check your child's immunization records to make sure they have received two Varicella vaccinations. This virus affects all age groups. Please help us to limit the spread of this virus by vaccinating your children, keeping them home if they become ill and encouraging good hand hygiene.

Chicken Pox (Varicella) is a highly contagious viral infection that causes an itchy, blister-like rash.

Symptoms

  • Lasts around 5-10 days. Incubation is 14 -16 days (10 -21). Rash is the telltale sign.
  • Fever, loss of appetite, headache and tiredness.
  • Rash goes through 3 phases – raised pink/red bumps, fluid filled blisters that leak, crusts and scabs that form over the blister.

Doctor review if

  • You are not sure it is chicken pox
  • Rash in one or both eyes
  • Rash very red, warm or tender, indicating a secondary bacterial infection.
  • Dizziness, disorientation rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, cough, vomiting, stiff neck
  • Fever greater than 38 degrees Celsius.

What can you do?

  • Reduce fever with Panadol (Paracetamol, Acetaminophen, and Tylenol). DO NOT TAKE ASPIRIN!
  • Rest
  • Avoid contact with others
  • Don’t scratch – relieve symptoms with cool bath, add baking soda, uncooked oatmeal
  • Talk to your Doctor regarding medication.

Prevention

Centre for Disease Control (CDC) recommends two doses of Varicella. Please check your child's immunization records.  If there is none or only one record we ask you to please get the vaccination. Hanoi Clinics, currently have varicella vaccinations available.

Exclusion from School

  • Exclusion from onset of rash until spots completely healed.
  • Must be seen in the School Health Center or approved to return with a certified letter from a doctor to return to class.

School Health Centre
shc@unishanoi.org

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