- Associated Press - Friday, March 27, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (AP) - Unvaccinated children at some schools in a Detroit-area district are being told to stay home from classes until April 14 after three cases of chickenpox were diagnosed.

Marcia Wilkinson, director of community relations for Birmingham Public Schools, says the district has been working with about a dozen parents whose apparently unvaccinated children were in classes with affected students.

The Detroit Free Press and MLive.com report the children must get vaccinated or stay at home at least until it’s clear they don’t have the virus.

Shane Bies, administrator of public health nursing services for the Oakland County Health Department, says exclusion from class is “a very real consequence” of choosing not to immunize children.

The chickenpox illness typically lasts five to 10 days, with symptoms including a rash, blisters and scabs.

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