Get your children vaccinated against chickenpox

Get your children #vaccinated against #chickenpox

school-vaccinesCARLSBAD – – San Diego County health officials are urging residents to get their children vaccinated against  chickenpox following an outbreak in Carlsbad of the highly contagious disease.

The county of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency said two 5-year- olds and three 6-year-olds, plus an adult, fell ill at Aviara Oaks Elementary School. One child had been vaccinated, but no one else had received been immunized, according to the agency.

`Chickenpox is a preventable disease,” said Dr. Eric McDonald, the county deputy public health officer. “By having their children immunized with the recommended two doses of the vaccine, parents can help their children avoid chickenpox and prevent it from spreading to others.”

Students and employees at the school were being notified of the outbreak, as were their counterparts at Aviara Oaks Middle School, which shares grounds and facilities, according to the HHSA.

Chickenpox, which is caused by the varicella…

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