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May 17, 2013 5:25 PM by Ben Lloyd - blloyd@kristv.com

Chicken Pox Outbreak at Nueces County Daycare

CORPUS CHRISTI - Health officials have confirmed five cases of chicken pox at a daycare in Nueces county. Officials are not releasing the name of the daycare, but are hoping to keep the outbreak contained.

All of the children affected are less one year old which is younger than the vaccination age.

Just last week in the Gregory-Portland Independent School District announced six children from the same family became ill with chicken pox. tThe health department says the two outbreaks are not related.

The health department is advising anyone who has not had the chicken pox vaccine to get one. The shots are available to anyone 12 months of age or older at the Health District's Immunization Clinic on Horne Road.

Clinic hours are as follows:
Monday: Walk-in basis, 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday: by appointment only 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday : by appointment only 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Friday : by appointment only 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Older residents should also keep in mind that the same virus that causes chicken pox can lead to Shingles. Anyone who has recovered from chicken pox is at risk of developing Shingles.

The Shingles vaccine, recommended for those 60 years of age and older, is not available at the the clinic. You should contact their pharmacist or physician for more information.

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