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Rise in chicken pox seen in county

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY ” There has been an increase in the number of children with chicken pox over the last few weeks, Eagle County’s Division of Public Health says, and the agency’s clinic will be open longer next week to give vaccinations.

“Although for most people this is not a serious illness, the itchy rash, high fever, and headache usually lasts five to 10 days and keeps children out of school and adults home from work,” says Jill Hunsaker, the county’s public health manager.

In rare cases, chickenpox may cause more serious illness leading to hospitalization and may even result in death, she said.

A vaccine that can prevent chickenpox is available for people 12 months or older. Two doses of this vaccine are recommended for anyone who has not had chickenpox, including adults. Additionally, if the vaccine is given within three days of exposure, it may prevent chicken pox or reduce the severity of disease.

Special clinics will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Avon on Tuesday and Thursday. Vaccinations are also available on Monday and Thursday afternoons in Eagle. The cost of the chickenpox vaccine is $5 for children under age 19.

Public Health Nurse Kristin Diedrich said with all of the illnesses circulating this time of year, people should remember to cover their cough or sneeze and wash their hands to prevent spread of disease.

“Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease,” Diedrich said.

For more information, call 328-8840.

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