We understand that official public health guidance on chickenpox has been updated? How should chickenpox be managed in early years?

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We understand that official public health guidance on chickenpox has been updated? How should chickenpox be managed in early years?

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The GOV.UK website contains up-to-date guidance on infectious diseases in educational and early years services in England.

Health Protection in Schools and Other Childcare Facilities — a practical guide for staff on managing cases of infectious diseases in schools and other childcare settings was last updated in February when amendments were made to the section on chickenpox.

Chickenpox is a mild but highly infectious disease that most children catch at some point. It is caused by the varicella zoster virus which can remain hidden in nerve cells of the body after infection and may reappear in later life as shingles. The virus spreads through tiny droplets of saliva and nasal mucus in sneezes and coughs from an infected person.

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