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Chickenpox Vaccine Now Causing Controversy

A Michigan sixth-grader whose classmate has chickenpox was sent home from school last week for not being fully vaccinated against the highly contagious disease, according to the Detroit Free Press.

"I wasn't vaccinated, and I don't think it's fair that I can't go to school," Michael Donovan, 11, told the The Freep after his mother was called to pick him up from class. One of his classmates is among three students at Birmingham Public Schools who is infected with the illness.

Donovan's mother, Sarah, said she was "beyond not happy," with the decision to exclude unvaccinated children from district schools where chickenpox cases were confirmed. She said that she's not against vaccinations, but is against requiring that student have them to attend school.

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Chickenpox is spread either through the air or by touching. It takes up to about two weeks to develop symptoms—usually fever and an itchy rash—after a person is exposed to the virus.

Birmingham Public School officials have been taking direction from Oakland County public health officials on the measures taken at local schools, The Freep reports.

Is your child vaccinated against chickenpox? Should the chickenpox vaccine, also called the varicella vaccine, be mandated?

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