Varicella (Chicken Pox) Outbreak in Tuktoyaktuk Rescinded

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TUKTOYAKTUK (March 28, 2023) – The Chief Public Health Officer has rescinded the varicella (chicken pox) outbreak declared on February 9, 2023. At this time no new cases have been identified and more than two full incubation periods (42 days) have occurred without additional cases.

Chicken pox is a vaccine preventable disease. Getting your chicken pox vaccines can protect you from developing disease if you are exposed. You can ensure your immunizations are up to date by calling the Tuktoyaktuk Health Center at 1-867-977-2321.

Higher vaccination rates prevent transmission in the community (“herd immunity”) and protect our most vulnerable residents including infants, pregnant women, and those with weakened immune systems who sometimes cannot be immunized.

The vaccine is free of charge and is part of the routine NWT Immunization Schedule.

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Jeremy Bird
Manager, Communications
Department of Health and Social Services
Government of the Northwest Territories