Chicken pox continues to occur sporadically on college campuses and elsewhere in our community. A case has occurred on Hastings campus recently.
While the symptoms of chicken pox or varicella are usually mild in children, adults are more likely than children to develop complications. Each year, a few thousand people are hospitalized and about 50 die due to chicken pox. Prior to the use of the chicken pox vaccine, the complications of chicken pox were much more common.
Chicken pox may spread more easily in a college/ graduate student living environment than in other settings.
A vaccine is available, and the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and ACHA (American College Health Association) both recommend that all college and graduate students who have not had chicken pox should be vaccinated against the disease
In 2007, the CDC and ACHA guidelines were revised to recommend two doses of vaccine (instead of one dose). Many students were vaccinated under the older guidelines and have not received the second immunization. Students are encouraged to review their immunization records and obtain the second immunization, if appropriate.
You are considered immune to chicken pox, and therefore do not need additional vaccination, if any of the following apply:
All others should be immunized.
Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccines are available and covered by UC SHIP and other health insurance policies. Students with UC SHIP can be referred to UCSF SHS to receive the varicella vaccine for free. Please call Hastings Student Health Services at 415 565 4612 in order to obtain a referral for vaccination at UCSF SHS or with any questions or concerns.
More information is available at CDC Chickenpox Information.
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