Chickenpox - Health Alert

Chickenpox - Health Alert


HEALTH ALERT - Chickenpox

April 29, 2015

Sacramento State’s Student Health Center is notifying the campus community that a case of chicken pox was identified in a student on April 29, 2015.  Those individuals who were in close contact or classes with the affected student have been notified. 

The symptoms of chickenpox include fever, tiredness, and an itchy skin rash that begins as small red bumps on the trunk and face and can spread to the entire body before turning into blisters.  If you experience symptoms of chickenpox you should STAY HOME and contact Student Health & Counseling Services (SHCS) at 916-278-6461 or your personal physician.

Anyone who has chickenpox should avoid contact with others who have not had chickenpox or who are not vaccinated against chickenpox.  They should NOT attend school, work, parties and/or any other gatherings.  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 a medical professional immediately. 

Chickenpox is highly contagious.  About 90 percent of individuals who have not had chickenpox will get the disease if they are exposed to an infected person.  The virus can be spread from person to person through the air or by contact with fluid from chickenpox blisters.  The disease remains contagious from a day or two before the rash appears until all blisters form scabs. 

The chickenpox vaccine is safe and effective.  The vaccine is approximately 80-90 percent effective in preventing disease.  The most common side effect is soreness at the site of injection.  People over age 13 require two doses at least one month apart.  Most people who get vaccinated will not get chickenpox, and if they do get chickenpox it is usually very mild. 

For additional information on chickenpox please visit http://www.cdc.gov/chickenpox/

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the SHCS at 916-278-7966. 

For medical or psychiatric emergencies, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital.