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Hillcrest Primary School
Cemetery Road
Bristol BS4 3DE
Tel: 0117 3772440
Email: [email protected]
Head Teacher: Tim Browse
10th January 2017
Dear Parents and Carers,
I write to inform you that a child in Reception has chickenpox.
Chickenpox is caused by a virus. It is a mild but highly infectious disease that most children catch at
some time. It takes 10-21 days for the symptoms to show after you have come into contact with the
Chickenpox is most common in children who are between two and eight years old, although it can be
developed at any age. Children are infectious from about two days before the rash appears until
roughly five days after. Children should stay at home until all of the blisters have fully crusted over and
this usually happens five to seven days after the first blister appears.
The most commonly recognised symptom of chickenpox is a red rash covering the body. However,
before developing a rash, your child may experience some mild flu-like symptoms including:
aching, painful muscles,
generally feeling unwell, and
loss of appetite.
Shortly after the initial symptoms, a rash develops. The rash is usually found:
behind the ears,
on the face,
over the scalp,
under the arms,
on the chest and stomach, and
on the arms and legs.
The rash starts as small, red spots. After approximately 12-14 hours, the spots develop into fluid-filled
blisters, which are very itchy. The blisters can also form on the palms of hands and on the soles of feet.
After one to four days, the blisters will dry out and begin to crust over. After one to two weeks, the
crusting skin will fall off naturally.
Children should be isolated from others if it is thought they may be infected. Anyone who has already
had chickenpox is unlikely to catch it again. To prevent spread, children must be kept away from
school, nursery or other children for five days from the onset of the rash or until all of the
blisters have fully crusted over.
Resilience Innovation Partnerships Excellence
Note for pregnant women:
Chickenpox during pregnancy can result in complications. Contact your Midwife or
GP without delay.
Further information is available (Health Protection Agency Website) and (NHS Website)
Yours sincerely
Tim Browse
Resilience Innovation Partnerships Excellence