January 15, 2014
A Northeastern student was recently treated by University Health and Counseling Services (UHCS) after exhibiting symptoms consistent with chickenpox (also called varicella). Chickenpox is caused by a virus and can be easily spread person to person by sneezing, coughing, or touching the rash. The immunization statuses of the student’s contacts have been reviewed and those without proof of immunity to chicken pox have been contacted directly.
Please check your medical history and immunization records for documentation of chickenpox (varicella) exposure. If you have received two doses of the chickenpox (varicella) vaccine or have a history of the disease, you are not likely to become ill with the chickenpox (varicella). However, if you have any signs or symptoms of chickenpox (varicella), including an itchy rash with tiny blisters usually starting on the face, stomach, chest or back, and spreads to other parts of the body, please come to UHCS or see your local health care provider if you are not on campus. Chicken pox immunizations are available at UHCS.
UHCS is open Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8am-5pm, Tuesday/Thursday 8am-8pm, and Saturday 12noon-4pm. Please call for an appointment or come in to UHCS or see your local health care provider as soon as possible if you are exhibiting symptoms.
Please read Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Chickenpox Fact sheet. If you have any questions, you may contact us at 617-373-2772.