Chickenpox: San Diego reports 3rd unrelated school outbreak

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In a follow-up to previous reports of chickenpox at the San Diego Cooperative Charter School’s Linda Vista campus and the Dehesa Charter School Chula Vista Resource Center in recent weeks in San Diego County, health officials have reported a third, unrelated outbreak at another school.

A number of varicella, or chickenpox lesions on the face of a young child/CDC
A number of varicella, or chickenpox lesions on the face of a young child/CDC

Five students at the Sessions Elementary School in San Diego have been diagnosed with chickenpox (varicella).

The first student reported illness on March 29, and the latest student to be diagnosed became ill on May 4. People usually get symptoms of chickenpox 14 to 16 days after exposure, with a range of 10 to 21 days, so additional cases may be reported through May 25.

The children diagnosed range in age from 5 through 10 years old.  None of the children were immunized and three of them are siblings.

The best way to prevent chickenpox is to get both doses of the varicella vaccine,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “The vaccine is very safe and effective.

“Not only does it protect the person who is being vaccinated, making sure your family is immunized helps protect your loved ones, those who are unable to get the shot due to underlying medical conditions and others in the community.”

There have been 31 cases of chickenpox reported in San Diego County so far in 2016. Chickenpox is not reportable to the County Public Health Department unless it occurs in an outbreak or results in a hospitalization or death.

Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease caused by the varicella virus. The disease is easily spread by coughing, sneezing or being in contact with chickenpox blisters.

Symptoms of chickenpox include a skin rash of blister-like lesions covering the body but usually more concentrated on the face, scalp, and trunk. The risk of complications increases after puberty and includes bacterial infection of skin lesions, dehydration and pneumonia.

Most, but not all, infected individuals have fever, which develops just before or when the rash appears. If exposed, persons who have been vaccinated against the disease may get a milder illness, with less severe rash and mild or no fever. The illness lasts about 5 to 10 days.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two doses of chickenpox vaccine. Children should be vaccinated between 12 and 15 months of age and receive the second dose between 4 and 6 years of age.


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18 thoughts on “Chickenpox: San Diego reports 3rd unrelated school outbreak

  1. My son WAS NOT vaccinated, got chicken pox, no big deal, life long immunity. My daughter WAS vaccinated, developed autism shortly after round vaccines who life has been in a living hell since. Would take chicken pox over autism any day of the week. #panran

  2. In The Netherlands doctors actively encourage children to get chicken pox NATURALLY.
    All three of my children had chicken pox around the age of 2 years and apart from spots and sometimes a higher temperature, they had no issues. They still carried on playing as they would normally.

    I do not understand why kids are forced to have poison injected into them for a mostly easy to deal with illness.

    1. Thumbs up! My four children all had Chicken Pox as well between the ages of 1 and 11. They all did fine and the Pox lasted from start to finish only a week.

  3. WHO cares!?? Seriously!! Both my kids had chicken pox!! My gosh!! Push the useless toxic filled vaccines! When it wears off as older adults than it WIll be deadly!! Pharmaceutical companies love this!! $$$$

  4. Chicken pox should never have had a vaccine. It originially was never intended to be for every child. It is a mild childhood disease. It is ridiculous that people are freaking out about it.

  5. I think chicken pox became a ” big deal” when mother’s who worked outside the home had to stay out of work for 10 days waiting for the “pox” to go away so the kid could go back to day care and them back to work.

  6. My little brother has the pox right now. I had it so did my other siblings. Nobody died or was even in any danger of dying and we have lifelong immunity minus the poison that is contained in the vaccines.

    1. So right! My 6 siblings and I and everyone I know in my generation, as well as my 4 children have had Chicken Pox. It is a benign disease and nothing to fear.

  7. Fear mongering at its best, this article is ignoring real news, vaccine damage and what about the CDC fraud, how about you investigate how the MMR does cause autism, which is far far far worse and lifelong than measles, chicken pox or mumps that are over with completely in a week giving a little lifetime of immunity

  8. Why don’t “journalists” use actual photos of a child who contracted chickenpox? Using a stock CDC photo, which is chosen to show the most extreme case, is not journalism, but propaganda. The news outlets allow themselves to be shills for the pharmaceutical industry and a lobbyist for the CDC.

  9. Did you notice that no ones name is attached to this article? It was contributed by Staff – or is that Staph? I’d say if they are too “chicken” to put their name on the article they shouldn’t be aloud to post it.

  10. “The best way to prevent chickenpox is to get both doses of the varicella vaccine,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “The vaccine is very safe and effective.”

    And, why would anyone in their right mind want to prevent a negligible disease that confers lifelong immunity. Chicken Pox is a benign disease that my whole generation, my children’s generation and every generation before mine has had, with very few ill effects. Almost every disease, if handled correctly, is nothing to worry about. The problem today is that people don’t know how to take care of themselves, when they are well or ill. The ignorance is phenomenal and ludicrous. People have willingly given away their rights to care for themselves and their own and because of that the medical profession and government think they own us and have the right to dictate to us what they think is correct. Well, the hell with that, I know what is right and wrong for me, and NO ONE ELSE!!!!!

  11. Chicken pox survivor. I think all these comments are great. What people need is the truth, the real truth. When will news stations continue on with real reporting? It is clear to the public that mainstream median reports to the pockets that line them. There is no interest (or money to be made) in real news stories. The news story of the century lay at the feet of every major news outlet and the media cowards look the other way. Why don’t the journalists start interviewing parents of vaccine damages children in this country? There are 1000’s of them! Many more than ‘1 in a million’. Be bigger than the people who pay you and report TRUTH!

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