Chickenpox (Varicella)

Chickenpox (Varicella) Exposure Advisory - May 13, 2016

You may have been exposed while on campus to chickenpox (Varicella) between April 23rd and May 13th, 2016. 

 

If you have not had chickenpox or 2 doses of the chickenpox vaccine--you may be at risk. Chickenpox can be spread 1-2 days before the rash appears and until all blisters have formed scabs (about 5 days after onset of rash).

If you think you've been exposed, contact your doctor right away.

 

Locations on campus where a SF State student, faculty or staff member may have been exposed to chickenpox:

  • Class #1: DAI 427-01 (2919) FA 117 on Monday April 25th, 2016 @ 9:10 - 11:55 AM.
  • University Park South (UPS) on Monday April 25th, 2016.
  • Pool Party – Gym on (evening) Monday April 25th, 2016.
  • Fine Arts 151 – Homework on (evening) Monday April 25th, 2016.
  • Class #2: CINE 204-01 (2465) CA 112 on Wednesday May 11th, 2016 @ 4:10 – 5:00 PM.
  • Class #3:  HUM 390-01 (9730) HUM 133 on Wednesday May 11th, 2016 @ 6:10 – 9:00 PM.
  • SF Library (especially 2nd & 3rd Floor) on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday May 11th, 2016.
  • Student Health Services – May 13th, 2016 (AM).

 

You are highly unlikely to develop symptoms or infect others if you have had chickenpox or if you have had 2 doses of the chickenpox vaccine. 

 

If you are not immune and you were exposed you might get chickenpox with the rash starting 10 to 21 days (through June 3rd, 2016) after your exposure.

 

Find out if you are at higher risk for complications from chickenpox.

 

If you were exposed Student Health Services recommends that you get the chickenpox vaccine as soon as possible if:

  • You have not received 2 doses of the chickenpox vaccine and
  • You have never had chickenpox or shingles (herpes zoster), and
  • You were born after 1980, and
  • You are not immune compromised or pregnant.

 

Chickenpox (Varicella) Facts

Who is at Higher Risk for Complications from Chickenpox (Varicella)?

It is important to contact your medical provider if you were exposed to chickenpox and are:

  • Immune compromised;
  • Pregnant; or
  • A parent/guardian of a child less than 1 year old.

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What is Chickenpox (Varicella)?

Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV) and is usually mild. Chickenpox can be severe in infants, adults, and persons with weakened immune systems.

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How Do I Know if I Have Chickenpox (Varicella)?

Persons with chickenpox will have:

  • A fever;
  • Severe tiredness;
  • Headaches; and/or
  • An ichy rash that turns into fluid-filled blisters that will scab after 4-5 days;

An infected person can have anywhere from a few blisters to more than 500.

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How Does Chickenpox (Varicella) Spread?

Chickenpox can spread from 1-2 days before the rash appears and until all the blisters have formed scabs. Scabs usually form 5 days after the blisters appear.

 

The chickenpox virus spreads from person to person through direct contact, living in the same household, or possibly from being in the same enclosed room for more than 5 minutes to an hour.

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What Should I Do if I Think I Have Chickenpox (Varicella)?

If you develop symptoms of chickenpox:

  • Contact your healthcare provider.
  • Stay isolated at home.
  • Do not go to school or work until all the blisters have formed scabs.
  • Wear a face mask if you need to go to a healthcare provider.
  • Avoid contact with persons who are pregnant, children less than 1 year old, and persons who are immune compromised.

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Who Should Get the Chickenpox (Varicella) Vaccine?

Student Health Services recommends that you get the chickenpox vaccine if:

  • You have not received 2 doses of the chickenpox vaccine and
  • You have never had chickenpox or shingles (herpes zoster), and
  • You were born after 1980, and
  • You are not immune compromised or pregnant.

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