There could be a rise in demand for chickenpox vaccinations leading up to the summer holidays after airlines reminded parents that passengers with symptoms will not be able to fly. 

According to Liverpool Echo, cases of chickenpox have been increasing recently, with the contagious infection typically peaking between March and May.

Therefore, there could be lots of families having to cancel their half-term holidays if their little ones start to develop symptoms

These begin with a high temperature, aches and pains, and loss of appetite. However, it is clear the virus is chickenpox once pink or red spots appear. 

After a couple of days, spots will turn into blisters, which can be very itchy and irritating. They then form a scab, though some new spots can still appear at this time. 

TUI advises customers they can only travel seven days after the appearance of the last new spot, due to the highly contagious nature of the condition. 

Ryanair, easyJet and Jet2 all have the same policy, with the additional requirement of a Fit to Fly certificate from the doctor to confirm the child is no longer infectious. 

An easyJet spokesperson said: “We also recommend that you take out travel insurance before making a booking, in case any unexpected illness or event means you need to change your plans.”

To avoid having to cancel holidays, parents can book chickenpox vaccinations for their children. 

For more information regarding these jabs, contact your Weybridge pharmacy.