How many of you have had the chicken pox or gotten the vaccine? Some parents, whose kids haven’t had the distinct honor of being pockmarked yet, are going to extremes to avoid the vaccine, but still contract the illness to build immunity.
A CNN article reports that parents who are vaccine skeptics (which is whole different blog post on its own) are choosing to buy sucked on lollipops, q-tips, and even spit from people who have the chicken pox in order to infect their own children. According to these parents, spreading the chicken pox this way keep their kids from serious side effects that they believe are attributed to vaccines. There’s even a Facebook group that helps parents find a “pox party”- where healthy kids are put together with sick ones in hope that the healthy kids will contract the sickness.
The mainstream medical community is pushing back at these methods, explaining that lollipops aren’t even an effective way to spread chicken pox, that the parents are taking a huge risk exposing their children to more virulent and dangerous strains of the disease, and even allege that the parents are breaking the law by sending a virus or disease through the mail.
To me, the kid that’s gotten what seems like every vaccine known to man, this phenomenon seems like the most bizarre thing in the world. Why would a parent expose his or her child to some random kid’s germs? Who knows what else the infected child might have? It’s such an unnecessary risk, especially when the medical community has a perfectly safe, stable version of the disease. And making your child suffer through the misery that chicken pox is seems just mean, especially since one rarely actually gets chicken pox when he or she receives the vaccine.
What do you all think about this?