Chicken Pox

We have a few cases of chicken pox in school at the moment. If you are pregnant, or think you might be, you may need to avoid contact with anyone who has chicken pox.

The health advice is that if you have had chickenpox in the past, you will be immune. You are not at risk, and you do not need to worry or do anything. About 9 in 10 pregnant women have already had chickenpox as a child and are therefore immune.

If you have not had chickenpox, or are not sure, see a doctor. A blood test may be advised to detect antibodies to see if you are immune. About 1 in 10 pregnant women has not previously had chickenpox and is not immune.

If you think your child might have chicken pox, and to prevent spreading the infection, keep your child off nursery or school until all the spots have crusted over.

Chickenpox is most infectious from one to two days before the rash starts, until all the blisters have crusted over (usually five to six days after the start of the rash). If your child has chickenpox, try to keep them away from public areas to avoid contact with people who have not had it.

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