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Should I keep my child home from school or nursery?

If your child has chickenpox, you should inform your child's school or nursery of the situation. The Health Protection Agency recommends that children can return to school or nursery once the blisters have fully crusted over, and this usually happens 5-7 days after the first blister appears. After the last blister has burst and crusted over, children are no longer considered infectious. However, they are still infectious up until this time.

If you, or your child has recently been exposed to the chickenpox virus, you may not be able to visit friends or relatives in hospital - you should telephone the ward to check first. It is also best that you, or your child avoids contact with pregnant women, newborn babies, and anyone who has a weak immune system (such as people having chemotherapy or those with HIV or AIDS).

Can my child travel on a plane if they have chickenpox?

If your child has chickenpox, they may not be allowed to fly until six days after the last spot has appeared).

Your child should be safe to fly once they are past the infectious stage and the blisters have crusted over, but it is best to check your airline policy first. You should inform the airline as soon as you have sought medical advice and had the illness diagnosed. It is also important to let your insurer know, to make sure that you will be covered if you have to delay or cancel your holiday, or if you need to extend your stay until your child is well enough to fly home.

How can I stop the virus spreading?

The chickenpox virus can sometimes be spread through contact with inanimate objects, or items that have been infected with the virus, such as children's toys, bedding, or clothing. In order to help stop the virus spreading, you can wipe any objects, or surfaces with a sterilising solution, such as Milton, and make sure that any infected clothes, or bedding, are clean and regularly washed.

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