Team # 796 -- Varicella (Chickenpox) Education and Notification Team
Student Affairs

October 2007


To increase awareness among college students of the need for 2 doses of the Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine and encourage compliance with international recommendations. During the 2006-2007 academic year, we experienced an increase in the number of diagnosed cases of varicella. Investigation of each of the cases revealed that none of those infected had received 2 doses of varicella vaccine. Analysis of data from reports by new students in 2007 (summer and fall semesters) showed that less than 40% of incoming students are either non-compliant and at risk for contracting varicella or have not reported their immunization/disease status.

Team Membership

  • Shelley Haffner, Leader
  • Skip Bassett, Member
  • Beth Blew, Member
  • Jennifer Brooks, Member
  • Michelle Johnson, Member
  • Josh Miller, Member

Results Achieved to Date

  • ExpectedResults: The team is developing educational tools for use in informing students, through individual and group contacts, of the recommendation for reporting/updating their immunity to varicella. The team is working with Residence Life and the Office of International Affairs to accomplish its goals.




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