Chicken Pox sends 14 students without vaccinations home

Some students at Poplin and Hemby Bridge Elementary School are being sent home for 21 days because they have not taken a chicken pox vaccination.

Union County Health Department and Union County Public Schools said two students at Poplin and one student at Hemby Bridge came down with chicken pox. At the time of the outbreaks, 14 students in the two schools did not have the chicken pox vaccine Varivax.

Some did not receive the vaccine for religious reasons. This is part of a letter parents of non-vaccinated students received from the Health Department...

"In order to properly protect others from this highly contagious virus, you are ordered to comply with the following control measures:

Your child shall remain away from school for 21 days beginning on the date that the classmate was diagnosed...Should your child receive a vaccination against Varicella [he/she] may immediately return to school."

Chelsea Hedrick's 5-year old daughter was sent home from school for not having the vaccine.

"We are talking about chicken pox," Hedrick said. "We're not talking about Ebola, we're not talking about the Bubonic plague -- we're talking about chicken pox."

The Health Department said chicken pox can be overlooked as dangerous.

"Ninety percent of the people might walk away and be fine but it's that other 10 percent that become so sick or they suffer serious long-term complications," Union County Health Director Phillip Tarte said.



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