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Student being treated for chickenpox

Oct. 26, 2016

According to Sullivan County Public Health Services, a student attending George L. Cooke Elementary School has presented either evidence of or contact with the Varicella virus (chicken pox.) Although its vaccine is highly effective and required for school entry, the district is notifying all parents and providing them with information of the symptoms and treatment of scabies.

Read below to view the letter that was sent home to parents on Oct. 25.

Dear Parent,

Your child may have been exposed to the Varicella virus at Monticello Cooke School. This virus causes chickenpox
and is a vaccine preventable disease. Although highly effective and required for school entry in NYS, the vaccine may
not protect everyone. It is important that you remain observant for illness in your child. The time it takes from exposure
to the virus, to actual illness is usually between 10 and 21 days. Since the exposure risk was identified on October 18, 2016,
the appearance of illness would likely occur between Oct. 28 to Nov. 7.

If your child is not immunized or you have an exemption from immunization, it may be necessary for the district to exclude
your child for his/her safety and the safety of others during the incubation period. All individuals identified without vaccine
protection or proof of prior illness should be immunized by their Primary Medical Provider or Sullivan County Public Health
for those eligible for the VFC (Vaccine for Children) program.

Attached is a copy of the NYSDOH fact sheet regarding chickenpox. This sheet will provide you with information regarding the
signs and symptoms to expect, treatments that may be available, and advice on decreasing the spread of the disease. Most of your
questions should be answered by this information sheet, but if you require more information please feel free to contact your primary medical provider or the Sullivan County Public Health for additional guidance.


Sullivan County Public Health Services
Immunization/Epidemiology Department
Jessica Schwatz RN, BSN, PHN