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October 18, 2012

UPDATE: Health, school officials working to stem spread of chickenpox

TERRE HAUTE — Vigo County School Corp. officials are preparing letters to send to students at Farrington Grove Elementary after a chickenpox outbreak was declared by the Vigo County Health Department on Wednesday.

A health clinic to immunize students against chickpox will likely be conducted by the health department on Friday at Farrington Grove school, said Ray Azar, director of student services for the school district. Azar told the Tribune-Star this morning that any student whose parent or guardian refuses to allow the vaccination would be excluded from school, likely beginning Monday.

Based on immunization records, “there are 52 children who have to be immunized with an original or a second dose” of a chickenpox vaccine, said Joni Wise, administrator of the Vigo County Health Department.

Azar said there are “less than 10 staff” who would be required to get a vaccine as a precaution.

“Anyone born before 1980, the State Department of Health is not concerned with because most people born before that year have already had [chickenpox],” Wise said.

Farrington Grove Elementary has been classified as an outbreak because it has five or more cases of confirmed chickenpox  involving children under the age of 13. An outbreak is also declared when three or more cases are confirmed for children older than 13.

Vigo County currently has the only outbreak of chickenpox in the state, said Ken Severson, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Health.

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