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Poland school district warns parents of student diagnosed with Chickenpox

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The Poland school district has notified parents that a student was diagnosed with Chickenpox.

While the district did not disclose what grade the student is in, the letter on the district's website said most students in Kindergarten through 9th grade who received two doses of the vaccine should be immune or low risk.

However, students in 10th through 12th grade who only have one dose of the vaccine may be more at risk.

If your child only received one dose of the Chickenpox vaccine, Mahoning County District Board of Health strongly encourages you to have your child receive the second dose.

If you are not sure if your student is completely immunized against Chickenpox, please check with your child's School Nurse or your HealthCare Provider.

Varicella (Chickenpox) is a contagious illness caused by a virus.

It is spread from person to person by direct contact or through the air from an infected person's coughing or sneezing.

Symptoms include a mild fever, fatigue, and a blister-like rash appearing first on the head, chest and back and then spreading to the extremities.

Chickenpox can spread for 1-2 days before the rash appears and until all blisters are crusted.

It can take from 10-21 days after contact with an infected person before symptoms develop.

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, day care, work or other gatherings until the blisters become crusted and no new lesions appear in a 24 hour period.

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