• Announcement from the Hood River County Health Department:

    April 10, 2009


    A case of chickenpox disease has occurred at Hood River Valley High School this week.  The exposure occurred on Monday, April 6, 2009 and Tuesday April 7, 2009.   We are encouraging everyone who has not had the disease and/or the vaccination to consider receiving the vaccine.  Chickenpox (also called varicella) is usually mild, but can be serious in young infants and adults. Even after vaccination some people can still get a mild case of chickenpox.  Children should get 2 doses of varicella vaccine for best protection if they have not had the disease.   


    Chickenpox virus is very contagious and can be spread from person to person through the air, or by contact with fluid from chickenpox blisters.  Adults may have 1 to 2 days of fever and tiredness prior to the rash, but in children the rash may be the first sign.  The incubation period for the disease is approximately 2-3 weeks.  A person is contagious 1-2 days before they break out with the rash and approximately 5 days after the rash occurs until the blisters have formed scabs. If your child develops chickenpox please keep them home from school to prevent spread of the infection


    People who have been exposed to a case of chickenpox and have never been vaccinated can receive the vaccine to lessen or prevent the disease, but vaccination must occur within 5 days after the exposure.


    Ask your doctor or nurse for details.