“Although we certainly want Indiana students to be up-to-date on all required vaccinations, the exclusion of these students is not being done as a result of non-compliance with the school immunization requirements. This is an unfortunate reminder of why these vaccines are required.”
Chickenpox is a contagious disease that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. Although it is commonly associated with children, anyone who has not had chickenpox can become infected. Chickenpox is usually considered a mild childhood rash illness, but it can cause serious complications, including pneumonia, encephalitis, bacterial infections, and even death.
Chickenpox is easily spread from person to person by droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Direct contact with the rash of an infected person during the contagious period can also spread the disease. Having contact with personal articles, such as clothing or bedding, from a person recently infected with chickenpox may also spread the disease.
A person with chickenpox is considered contagious from two days before the rash appears until the rash has scabbed over.