Chicken Pox Health Notification

Chicken Pox Health Notification
Posted on 09/12/2017
Chicken Pox Health Notification Port Angeles, WA - Chicken pox is a viral illness characterized by rapid onset of fever, fatigue, and generalized eruption of the skin.  

It is highly contagious and is spread person-to-person with direct contact, through droplets or airborne secretions of the respiratory tract or indirectly through articles freshly soiled by discharges from the blisters and the mucous membranes of infected persons.

The period of communicability is from 1-2 days before the rash appears and until all lesions are crusted over (4-7 days after rash onset).

If you are not immune to the disease and experience symptoms, an antiviral can be prescribed by your caregiver within the first 24 hrs. of onset only.  Early symptoms:  small water blisters on the trunk and fever.  

Populations with chronic disease, debilitating illness, anemia or immunodeficiency, and those who are pregnant are all considered “high risk.” Those at increased risk are encouraged to consult with their licensed health care provider who can assess the risk and make appropriate recommendations for treatment. 
If you contract chicken pox you are contagious from the onset until all the blisters have become scabbed over.  Please be reassured that if you are immune to chicken pox, this exposure would not make you get the shingles.   

For those with certain high-risk conditions:  anemia, immunodeficiencies and pregnancy:
  • Refer to MD 
  • Children with chicken pox should not receive aspirin because of its possible association with Reye Syndrome.
  • Maintain student confidentiality
  • Wash hands frequently and well.
  • Clean or dispose of any articles soiled with nose and throat discharges
  • Never to share items that may be contaminated with saliva such as beverage containers.
  • Cover mouth with tissue, or “catch your cold in your elbow” when coughing or sneezing.
  • Dispose of bandages that have been in contact with body in appropriate bagged receptacle
  • Disinfect surfaces that have been in direct contact with fluid from the vesicles.
It is highly encouraged to have up to date immunizations - NOW is the time to contact your healthcare provider or go to the Health Department and get vaccinated.

If you have any questions, please call the Health Department at 360.417.2274.

We will continue to post updates on this website.

Marlene Bradow, RN
PAHS Nurse

Patsene Dashiell
Communications and Community Relations Coordinator
Port Angeles School District