Preventing the Spread of Chickenpox
If your child has chickenpox, it is recommended that you inform their school or nursery, and keep them at home for 5 days.
If you have chickenpox, stay off work and at home until you're no longer infectious, which is until the last blister has burst and crusted over. This usually happens five or six days after the rash begins.
It is a good idea for anyone who has chickenpox to avoid contact with:
- Pregnant women.
- Newborn babies.
- Anyone who has a weak immune system, such as people who are having chemotherapy (a treatment for cancer) or taking steroid tablets.
If you or your child have recently been exposed to the chickenpox virus, you may not be able to visit friends or relatives in hospital. Telephone the ward to check first.