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To fly with chicken pox?

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beepboo Sun 11-Feb-18 18:51:51

My son is two days into having chicken pox, we're due to fly to Bora Bora on Wednesday!!!!!
Should we try and get on the flight?? It's a been booked for a year and cost a small fortune!!! We have two other children who have already had the pox. Will he still be contagious by Wednesday?!sad

TheDailyMailIsADisgustingRag Sun 11-Feb-18 18:53:07

Yabu sorry. I think he will definitely still be infectious if he’s only 2 days in. Awful timing for you though!

Sparklingbrook Sun 11-Feb-18 18:53:23

It would be VVU to fly with chicken pox.

AllTheGoodOnesAreUnavailable Sun 11-Feb-18 18:53:26

I would still go if they have all scabbed over.

If not then YABU to fly unfortunately sad

CannotEvenThink Sun 11-Feb-18 18:54:25

If the spots are not scabbed over then please do not fly, you could be putting others at risk. He might be scabbed by Wednesday if it isn't too bad a dose.

Enidthecat Sun 11-Feb-18 18:54:52

5 days after the last spot is what the nhs considers past the infectious stage. (Ds had it was back to nursery in 5 days start to finish as his scabbed over super quick)

GreenSeededGrape Sun 11-Feb-18 18:55:07

I think yabu. It's horrible but if he's still contagious you can't fly.

MagicNumbers1234 Sun 11-Feb-18 18:55:08

I can't believe you have to ask. Yabvu.

Discusting Sun 11-Feb-18 18:55:15

Can’t you claim on insurance and reschedule?

FayJay Sun 11-Feb-18 18:55:24

If yhey’ve All scabbed over he’ll no longer be infectious and you’ll be fine to fly. But if he still has pustules then you really, really can’t. It would be putting everybody else on the flight at risk. This is what travel insurance is for.

Magstermay Sun 11-Feb-18 18:56:01

What awful timing! I’m very sorry but you would BVVU to get on a flight with a child with a contagious illness.

FayJay Sun 11-Feb-18 18:56:02

Many typos! Sorry.

Sparklingbrook Sun 11-Feb-18 18:56:08

You will need to get a letter from your GP to be on the safe side even if you think the spots have all scabbed over. If airline staff see the spots they could refuse travel.

Pagwatch Sun 11-Feb-18 18:56:10

Speak to your doctor .
If you need to cancel your GP may need to confirm your reason for your insurance to pay out so you may as well get advice
I had to cancel a holiday to St Lucia when my DS got chicken pox. It really sucked but it had to be done as he was unwell and a potential hazard. I was glad I did as he was very poorly for ages. It wouldn't have been much fun TBH

3boys3dogshelp Sun 11-Feb-18 18:56:46

YWBVVU to let him fly with chicken pox. He will certainly still be contagious. This is what travel insurance is for.

Bloomed Sun 11-Feb-18 18:56:49

Very unreasonable!

seasidelife Sun 11-Feb-18 18:57:18

I'd check with the airline policy, you could be turned away at the airport if they expect an infectious illness.

KatherinaMinola Sun 11-Feb-18 18:57:43

Of course YABU. Don't be a dick. It's quite possible that there will be people on the flight who are immuno-compromised - and if there are, then being trapped on a long-haul flight with an infectious person will be a serious risk for them.

Do you have insurance?

ChasedByBees Sun 11-Feb-18 18:57:59

do you have travel Insurance?

Normandy144 Sun 11-Feb-18 18:58:10

If he's scabbed over then he is fine to fly. You say he's two days in so is he still getting new spots and are they starting to scab? My two were very quick and were scabbed over by day 5. I'd say you should be fine by Wednesday if it's a mild case.

Backenette Sun 11-Feb-18 18:59:05

You would be grossly irresponsible to fly with an infectious child.

On an airplane environment you’d expose every single person on the plane. The chances of there being nobody on that plane who isn’t pregnant/immune suppressed/a baby/not immune to CP are practically zero.

Plus he fact that it’s a VERY long trip, with transfers (I’ve done it) and not something you want to take a sick child on.

Please, please do not do it.

seasidelife Sun 11-Feb-18 18:59:05

Not to mention, what would you do in bora bora if he develops complications and is very poorly?

Sarsparella Sun 11-Feb-18 18:59:05

Yabu- but as others have said your travel insurance should cover rescheduling the flights to a later date

sentenceinterrupted Sun 11-Feb-18 18:59:09

Sorry, think yabu I'd still contagious. Insurance? I'm one of those exposed to pox while pregnant (and without immunity). It's an awful thing to not know if your child will be disabled, particularly if it was someone who chose to expose you

chipvinegar Sun 11-Feb-18 18:59:47

You'd be unreasonable to get on a bus let alone a flight with air conditioning spreading it around to vulnerable/pregnant passengers

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