Chicken Pox - Update
Some additional information from the Public Health Nurse.
There is a chickenpox vaccine available to be purchased and administered from your gp practice by appointment,
and may be used for post-exposure prophylaxis for immune-competent people if given within 5 days of exposure.
Children with Chicken Pox are infectious from 5 days before the appearance of the rash until the lesions have crusted over - usually about 5 days after their appearance.
Please seek medical advice if your child displays symptoms of Chicken Pox.
Ministry of Health Non-attendance Period
Children who have Chicken Pox may not attend school for at least one week from the date of the appearance of the rash.