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Mar 27, 2015

04:35:48 GMT--Biological Hazard - North-America - USA

EDIS Number: BH-20150327-47502-USA

Date / time: 27/03/2015 04:32:01 [UTC]

Event: Biological Hazard

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of Michigan

Location: Birmingham

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

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There is renewed debate over immunizations after an outbreak of chickenpox in the Birmingham Public Schools. Schools are kicking out students who are not immunized until the middle of next month as a precaution. Parents of students received the email sent out Wednesday by school officials. "If someone was unvaccinated it's probably good idea to not be exposed to somebody that has had the chicken pox or currently has the chickenpox," said Emily Levin, whose child goes to pierce The email recommends that unvaccinated students be kept home until April 14 The recommendation comes after students at Pierce Elementary, Derby Middle, and Seaholm and Groves High Schools came down with chickenpox. It is a highly contagious viral infection that causes a blister-like rash on the skin. But one day after the email was sent to parents of students in a classroom with an infected child, school officials were advised by the Oakland County Health Department to take a stronger position "It was originally framed as a strong recommendation," said Dr. Daniel Nerad of Birmingham Public Schools. "And then they contacted us today indicating that they are now directing exclusion from school for a period of time." Now school officials say if the student has not received the chickenpox vaccination they must stay home until April 14. But if they decide to get the vaccine now they can come back to school March 29. School officials say as the fear of vaccinations continue, school districts will have to come up with policies to keep student safe. "I understand that there are laws that allow parents and guardians to make decisions not to have their children immunized," Nerad said. "At the same time we can't afford to have other people exposed and have this build into a bigger medical problem." But the medical community says the key to erasing the problem is to get vaccinated. "The shots have been documented, they have been tested," said Dr. Sarah Laginess of Beaumont Hospital. "We know that they are safe. We know that they help prevent the disease. We strongly encourage people to come in and to get their immunizations."

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