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Unvaccinated kids at Marysville high school asked to stay home amid Chickenpox outbreak

Berlin Hit By Measles Outbreak
Posted at 3:17 PM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 07:03:48-04

MARYSVILLE, Mich. (WXYZ) — Marysville High School is the center of a chickenpox outbreak.

The St. Clair County Health Department is asking parents of children who aren't vaccinated to keep their kids home from school until they are vaccinated due to the outbreak.

District Superintendent Dr. Shawn Wightman notified parents district-wide. He also said they're taking all precautions to limit exposure and closely monitoring the outbreak.

There are currently two chickenpox cases. An additional 37 students are out of class because they're not vaccinated, according to Dr. Wightman.

"A lot of these student planned to participate in athletics coming up next week," said Dr. Wightman. "We have our homecoming game."

Those students will not be allowed to participate.

In a letter from the health department, they said students could be susceptible to the disease, parents are told that "exposed susceptible students who cannot provide documentation of varicella immunity will be excluded from attending school, work and extracurricular activities until 21 days after the last identified case (date to be determined and dependent upon cases)."

According to the letter, students will be re-admitted to the high school immediately upon getting vaccinated or providing the health department with "acceptable documentation of immunity."