Varicella (Chicken Pox) Information

Frequently Asked Questions
What is chicken pox?
  • Chicken pox (varicella) is a contagious viral infection with a characteristic rash.
  • It was typically acquired in childhood.
  • In the US, cases of chicken pox have declined dramatically because of the availability of vaccination to prevent the illness.
Who is at risk for developing chicken pox?
  • If you received two doses of the varicella vaccine as a child or you have previously had the chickenpox illness, you are considered immune and NOT at risk.
  • People born before 1980 are also considered immune.
What are the symptoms of chicken pox?
When would I expect to see symptoms (if any) following this exposure?
  • The rash generally appears two weeks after exposure (but can occur between 10 and 21 days).
What do I do if I develop symptoms?
  • Call Health Services to speak with a professional for advice at 216.368.2450.
  • Do NOT go to class or other activities until you’ve spoken with a nurse or doctor.

Last Updated: December 4, 2018