Chickenpox breaks out in Ionia County

Posted at 5:04 PM, Jun 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-02 17:04:25-04

IONIA COUNTY, Mich. – The Ionia County Health Department is seeing an increase in Chickenpox over the last month.

13 cases were reported in the last month in individuals between one and 18 years of age.  Of those 13 cases, nine were in kids were not vaccinated.  The four cases in kids who had been vaccinated were described as mild cases.

The worst case was in an 18-year-old who had lesions over the entire body, including inside the mouth.

According to the health department, parents should be aware that when they exercise their right to forego required vaccinations for their children, they may be required to keep their children home for several days to several weeks if there is an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease (including chickenpox) at school or daycare.