October 6, 2023
OAK BLUFFS, MA – Martha’s Vineyard Hospital is working with Island healthcare leaders and the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School to address a reported case of varicella, also known as chickenpox.
Two additional cases are being investigated at this time.
“We are working in collaboration with the board of health and the school on a solution to address potential exposure to students,” said Claire Seguin, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital chief nurse and vice president of operations.
Contact tracing is being conducted by the Island Boards of Health contact tracing team and parents will be notified accordingly if their child was exposed.
Chicken pox complications can often be very serious, for both children and adults, and studies have shown chicken pox-related hospitalizations have decreased 97% since the vaccine became available in 1995.
Seguin said the best way to avoid chickenpox is to be vaccinated.
“Vaccines help bring the spread of chickenpox, and other infectious diseases, under control,” Seguin said. “Low vaccination rates introduce a vulnerability.”
Please contact your child’s pediatrician for more information or to schedule a vaccination appointment.
Here’s what parents need to know about Varicella (chickenpox)