Source: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (IN)
By: Sade, Vivian
Students of all ages in Indiana will need to have had two doses of chickenpox (varicella) vaccine or show proof of having had the disease in order to attend school this fall. The state Department of Health issued the new requirement after multiple outbreaks of chickenpox were reported across the state last year. In Allen County, there has been an increase in chickenpox in recent years, but no major outbreaks like other parts of the state. “Locally, we’ve seen it go from four or five cases a year to 12 or more,” says Dr. Deb McMahan, health commissioner at the Fort Wayne-Allen County Health Department. She says the varicella vaccine works well. “According to the school nurses, there are not many who have not had both shots already,” adds McMahan.