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Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal:
doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000000127
Brief Reports

Varicella Outbreak in a Daycare: Challenges and Opportunities for Preventing Varicella Outbreaks in this Setting

Daskalaki, Irini MD*†‡; Thermitus, Rodrerica BA*; Perella, Dana MSPH*; Viner, Kendra PhD, MPH*; Spells, Niya BA*; Mohanty, Salini MPH*; Lopez, Adriana MHS§; Johnson, Caroline MD*

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Abstract

As a result of single-dose varicella vaccination, daycare outbreaks have become rare. We investigated a daycare outbreak resulting from a misdiagnosed varicella case in an unvaccinated attendee. Of 25 attendees aged 12–32 months without evidence of immunity, 7 (28%) were unvaccinated due to religious/philosophical opposition or recent 1st birthday. Single-dose vaccination reduced disease by 92% compared with no vaccination.

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