Is it just me, or does anyone else get itchy at just the thought of chicken pox?

Even with vaccinations, it seems that the contagious viral infection is still a rite of passage of sorts for tots and school age kids, keeping both them and parents home from work and school; covered in calamine.

The latest case has recently hit Lathrop Elementary School in Rockford.

According to WREX, RPS 205 Heath Services sent a letter to parents, encouraging them to be on the lookout for the following symptoms:

  • a rash that turns itchy
  • fluid-filled blisters that eventually turn into scabs
  • fever
  • tiredness
  • headache
  • loss of appetite

If you think your child might be coming down with a case of the chicken pox, please make sure to keep them home from school and have them see your doctor right away; the virus is extremely contagious and is easily spread by coughing and sneezing.