Health officials say the outbreak of chicken pox in northeast Nebraska last month is now under control.
Deb Scholten, director of the Northeast Nebraska Department of Public Health in Wayne, says many children were immunized at a special clinic that was set up in Ponca.
“We did as much as we could because there isn’t a huge supply of varicella vaccine,” Scholten says. “It’s a very fragile vaccine and it takes special care and therefore, people don’t keep that on hand.”
She says they had to hunt around to get the vaccine that was used at the clinic.
The state shipped up about 36 doses and the public clinic at Goldenrod Hills Community Action agency in Wisner contributed vaccine they had on hand. The Dakota County Health Department in South Sioux City/Dakota City also contributed vaccine and staff to help with the immunization clinic.
Chicken pox has become a rare disease for kids since the advent of effective vaccines in the 1980s.
Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton