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Eight kids came down with chickenpox at St. Patrick Elementary School in Carlsbad, the second outbreak in Carlsbad Unified School District this year. Six of the patients got only one shot of chickenpox vaccine. Schools only require one shot, but doctors recommend two to cut your risk.

This week I wrote about the limits of the chickenpox vaccine and the debate over whether a second shot is worth the expense.

Oddly, this is the second recorded outbreak this week, following a spurt of chickenpox in El Cajon on Tuesday. That means two of only five recorded outbreaks happened this week, after I’d decided to write about chickenpox.

EMILY ALPERT

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