Ferndale School District Student Health Services
The following is a copy of a letter regarding information about chickenpox. The letter is also available in PDF format:
Dear Parent or Guardian:
Three Cascadia students were recently diagnosed with chickenpox (varicella). We have been in contact with the Whatcom County Health Department. Chickenpox is a disease caused by a virus. It spreads easily from person to person. In healthy people chickenpox usually causes a mild illness, but sometimes it is a serious illness, especially in adults, teenagers, pregnant women and immunocompromised people. Here is some basic information about chickenpox. Please call your child’s healthcare provider for special advice.
- What are the signs of the disease?
- How does it spread?
- When is the person infectious?
- How long does it take to break out?
- What should I do if my child gets chickenpox?
- Can chickenpox be prevented?