Pitt County is experiencing a chickenpox outbreak among school-aged children.
Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease that is spread from person to person through air by breathing, coughing and sneezing. It is also spread through contact with the fluid that comes from chickenpox blisters.
Although chickenpox is often a mild disease among healthy children, health officials say it can be very serious among infants, adolescents, adults, pregnant women, and those with weakened immune systems. High-risk persons who get the disease may experience hospitalization and even death.
Signs of chickenpox include a blistering rash, fever and tiredness. It usually takes about 2-3 weeks before a person exposed to chickenpox becomes sick. Persons are usually sick from 5-10 days and are usually contagious 1-2 days before a rash appears and until 4-5 days after onset of a rash or until blisters have crusted over. Those who have symptoms of chickenpox should stay home from school, work, and community events until their fever is gone and the blisters are crusted over.
Free vaccination clinics for persons up to 19 years of age will be held at Pitt County Health Department.
*Thursday, November 8th 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
*Friday, November 9th 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
*Saturday, November 10th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
No appointments are needed for the health department clinics.