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Can my child go to school if he or she has chickenpox?

Your child should not go to school if he or she has chickenpox. Chickenpox is extremely contagious and is spread by droplet, meaning your child can spread chickenpox by coughing on someone or someone coming in contact with the fluid from your child's skin lesions. Your child is usually contagious from 48 hours prior to the skin outbreak until all of the lesions have fully crusted over.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Chickenpox is very contagious. It can be spread by blister contact or through the air. Most schools will require your child to stay home for at least a few days.

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