Dear Parents, Guardians and Staff Members of Trumbull High School, This letter is to notify you that a case of Chicken Pox (Varicella) has been reported in a child attending Trumbull High School.
Chicken pox is a very contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). It causes a blister-like rash, itching, tiredness, and fever. Chicken pox is spread from person to person through the air from an infected person’s coughing or sneezing or by direct contact with the blisters. A person with chicken pox can spread the disease up to two days before he/she gets the rash and until all of his/her blisters have formed scabs. It takes from 10 to 21 days after exposure to a person with chicken pox for a person to develop chicken pox.
Most school-aged children are now vaccinated with two doses of the vaccine. The CDC indicates that 9 out of 10 children who receive 2 doses of the Chicken Pox vaccine are completely protected from the Chicken Pox. Occasionally vaccinated people will develop the disease; however, it is usually a much milder form with a shorter duration of illness. The Trumbull Health Department strongly encourages disease prevention by vaccination. One dose of the Chicken Pox vaccine is recommended for preschool children and two doses for school-aged children Kindergarten through 12th grade. If you are not sure of immunization status, please call your health care provider to discuss.
The Trumbull Health Department has a supply of vaccinations given by appointment only which can be arranged by calling 203-452-1030. For other locations, providing vaccines for Chicken Pox and other diseases go to Vaccine Finder
If any symptoms of chicken pox develop, contact your health care provider to discuss a plan of care. Please call ahead before visiting any type of health care facility. If a child or staff-member is diagnosed with chicken pox, the school nurse should be notified of the diagnosis. People with chicken pox are not allowed to attend school, day care or work, and should also not attend parties and or other gatherings until all of the blisters become crusted (about 4 to 6 days after rash appears) or until no new lesions appear within a 24 hour period.
If you or anyone else in your household has a weakened immune system or is pregnant and has never had chickenpox or the vaccine, talk with your doctor immediately. For more information on Chicken Pox, please see the CDC Links below.
Lynn Steinbrick, MSN RN Director of Nursing, Town of Trumbull 203-452-5091