By Christopher Wyatt | TLB staff writer/documentary producer
The following two news articles about chickenpox are probably the most ridiculous things I have ever posted except for the fact that the articles highlight the obsession the world has for vaccinating for every little sniffle and rash. The first article comes from a college newspaper so I will cut it a little slack but I still have to ask when did people become so afraid of the chickenpox? IT IS THE CHICKENPOX! A fever, a rash, and a week of itchiness and you are done with it. The second article there is simply no excuse! Why is it news that kids caught chickenpox on a school bus? THIS IS NOT NEWS! This is pure pro vaccine propaganda. How do they know the kids did not catch it from hanging out after school? The vaccine for chickenpox has a high rate of failure and has even been linked with blindness. The vaccine is also a big reason that shingles has become more common because the human body needs repeated exposure to chickenpox to keep up its immunity. Natural infection to chickenpox has now been proven to prevent a form deadly brain cancer. The CDC knows this yet they still push for the chickenpox vaccine! This is why we all have to be responsible for our own health and wellbeing. Thankfully people are speaking out about the dangers of vaccines and I urge everyone to pay close attention to the video. Parents, if your child or teen has not had chickenpox please seek out natural exposure to the chickenpox for your family and help them gain lifelong immunity. This is extra important for those who have had the chickenpox vaccine but not had the natural form of the illness. Talk to your children about the benefits of chickenpox and natural immunity to the other childhood illnesses. A week being sick in bed might prevent something much worse later on. Also don’t forget to share this article with family and friends. 🙂 (CW)
BREAKING: Students may have been exposed to chickenpox on campus
Students may have been exposed to chickenpox on campus from Oct. 1 to Oct. 28, according to a health advisory from Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS).
According to the advisory, areas where students may have been exposed include:
- Riverside Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.,
- Sequoia Hall on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.,
- Alpine Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.,
- Yosemite Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon,
- The Library on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and
- The WELL on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon.
Lisa Johnson, the associate director of clinical operations for SHCS, said that the potential exposure comes from a single student.
“It’s very low risk,” Johnson said. “Generally, risk is based on the hours of exposure and the areas where the exposure was contained: large room or small room, the number of times the room was exposed. You would have to be fairly close or come into contact with the chicken pock itself.”
The advisory suggests that those who may have been exposed to contact their doctor.
Johnson said that many students are immune to the chickenpox — either because they have had the chickenpox in the past or are inoculated against it.
SHCS provides a test to determine if one is immune to the chickenpox at their offices in the WELL for $4. Students can also obtain the chickenpox vaccine there for $108.
The State Hornet will update this story as more information becomes available.
Chicken Pox Virus Spreads Through School Bus
A small outbreak of chicken pox was traced back to a single school bus in Michigan, and highlights the importance giving kids the chicken pox vaccine, according to a new report.
Health officials in rural Muskegon County, Michigan, were alerted to a suspected case of the chicken pox in an 8-year-old last December after the child was sent home from school, according to the report of the outbreak from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), published Sept. 8.
Shortly afterward, three more kids came down with the illness, the researchers wrote. The link among the cases appeared to be the school bus that all four children rode to and from school each day, according to the report. The kids didn’t interact socially in school or have classes or lunch together, the researchers noted.
Chicken pox outbreaks are rare, because most children are now vaccinated against the virus. At the school in the report, 95 percent of the students were fully vaccinated, meaning they had received both doses of the vaccine, as recommended, the researchers said. Another 3 percent of students at the school had received one shot, the researchers noted.
No other cases of chicken pox were diagnosed in the school for the rest of the year, according to the report.
The health officials investigating the outbreak revealed that the first child to get sick had not been vaccinated, and that the child’s four siblings (also unvaccinated) had all also recently been kept home from school because of a rash that looked like chicken pox.
Among the three children who likely caught the virus on the school bus, one had been fully vaccinated, according to the report. Full vaccination is between 88 and 98 percent effective at preventing chicken pox, according to the CDC.
The other two children, who were siblings, had not been vaccinated, the investigators wrote. Those children later spread chicken pox to their 17-month-old sibling, according to the report.
Chicken pox is caused by the varicella zoster virus. The same virus also causes shingles in adults. In this case, a shingles infection turned out to be the source of the chicken pox infection: The first child’s parent had a shingles infection several weeks before the children developed chicken pox, according to the report.
Before the chicken pox vaccine was developed, the virus spread easily from kid to kid, especially in schools. However, now that most kids are vaccinated against the virus, it may be increasingly likely that kids, particularly those who are unvaccinated, will get the virus from adults who have shingles, rather than from other kids, the researchers wrote.
The researchers mentioned only one previous report, which occurred in China, of chicken pox spreading on a school bus. Because school buses put kids in close proximity to each other, however, doctors and public health officials investigating similar outbreaks might want to consider these vehicles as a possible risk factor, the report said.