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Parents warned of chickenpox outbreak in schools: Cayman News Service

(CNS): The Public Health Department has recorded six confirmed cases of chickenpox reported within the school system. Five students and one teacher are infected. A press release states that the PHD is working closely with the schools and relevant healthcare providers to control the situation and prevent further spread of the disease. As part of the mitigation efforts, there will be a special vaccination clinic at the Department of Public Health, Smith Road Medical Center on Saturday, June 8 from 9am to 2pm.

“Given the highly contagious nature of chickenpox, we are taking swift and effective action to control the spread and protect the health of the school community and the broader public,” said Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Samuel Williams Rodriguez. “Chickenpox is a common but preventable disease. We urge parents and guardians to ensure their children are vaccinated. The upcoming clinic provides an excellent opportunity to be protected.”

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Nick Gent said all necessary measures have been taken to contain these cases and protect the community. “Our collaboration with schools and healthcare providers is crucial. We encourage everyone to follow the preventive guidelines provided,” he said.

Public health officials said subsequent vaccination clinics were being held and people should contact the department at 244-2889 or email [email protected] for more information.

Preventive measures and information

Make sure vaccinations are up to date. The chickenpox vaccine is effective in preventing the disease. The varicella vaccine is 92% effective in preventing all varicella. In the Cayman Islands, the varicella vaccine has been included in the vaccination schedule since 1996. Check for symptoms such as fever and an itchy, blister-like rash. Practice good hygiene, including washing hands regularly and avoiding close contact with infected people.


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