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Chicken pox Lollipops?

Posted by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 3:13 PM
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Lollipops Laced With Chickenpox: The Latest Online Deal?

32 commentsLollipops Laced With Chickenpox: The Latest Online Deal?

 

"Find A Pox Party In Your Area" reads the Facebook post. That's right: Parents fearful of vaccinations are making deals with a total stranger who promises to mail them lollipops licked by children with chickenpox.

One of the Facebook postingsfrom Wendy Werkit of Nashville, Tennessee, offered a ‘fresh batch of pox in Nashville shipping of suckers, spit and Q-tips available tomorrow 50 dollars via PayPal.'

Why Chickenpox Lollipops?

Some parents are wary of vaccinations, believing that these routine immunizations will lead to autism, or other health problems.

From NPR:

As parents fret, vaccination rates for kids have dipped. Childhood vaccination rates against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), for instance, fell almost 3 percentage points to 90.6 percent in 2009 from the year before, according to data from private insurers.

During the first half of August, we asked people across the country for their views on vaccines in the latest NPR-Thomson Reuters Health Poll.

Autism remains a top worry, with 21 percent of respondents saying they believe autism is linked to vaccines. About 7 percent believe in a link between vaccines and diabetes.

The evidence doesn't support either of those views. The chair of an independent panel that reviewed vaccine safety and issued a clean bill of health in late August said at the time:
"The MMR vaccine does not cause autism. The MMR and the DTaP do not cause Type 1 diabetes. And the killed flu vaccine does not cause Bell's palsy, and it does not trigger episodes of asthma."

Three Reasons To Say No To Online Chickenpox

1. It is unlikely to work. As The Daily Mail reports, Isaac Thomsen, a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, said it's unlikely the items will succeed in giving other children chickenpox. He pointed out that although it's theoretically possible, it's unlikely to work, since the chickenpox virus typically has to be inhaled.

2. Even if it did work, your child might be the one who gets complications. Instead of the mild rash, he could wind up hospitalized. She could also expose other, unvaccinated people to the virus, and that could result in life-threatening problems.

3. It's illegal. It is a federal crime to send diseases or viruses across state lines, whether through the U.S. Postal Service or private services like FedEx or UPS. Remember anthrax?

As a mother, I am floored as to why any parent would consider not vaccinating their child against chickenpox, much less handing her a chickenpox lollipop. Is it time to have mandatory parenting classes for all pregnant couples?

That last part was written by the person who wrote the article, I do vax, but we delay Vax, and I know my 5 yr old has had chicken pox, and I am honestly not sure if my 1 yr old has had the chicken ox vaccine, I don't think he NEEDS it, but I wouldn't go out of my way for him to get it either.

 

by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 3:13 PM
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Starr1089
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 3:15 PM
My 15 month old just got the chicken pox vaccine today,we'll see what happens.
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oneelle
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 3:16 PM

This seems insane to me.  In my family we all go it naturally, when we were kids from our cousins...idk smh.

TableforSeven
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 3:16 PM
I heard about these on the news yesterday. SICK! That's all I'll say about it.
WardosWifey
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 3:16 PM

That pic of the baby covered in the pox is so sad!  :(  I would never do this to my kids.

babyzoey1
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 3:17 PM
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I find this disturbing. I do not judge parents who do not vax or delay vax. I think its creepy the whole idea of contaminated lollypops. Ugh. What is this world coming too?
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Mrs.VanDeKamp
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 3:18 PM

 Would you buy your child a "chicken pox lollipop?"

LilGina
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 3:18 PM

wow some people are super dumb

Night_Roane
by Platinum Member on Nov. 9, 2011 at 3:19 PM

That's disgusting. I would never buy something claiming to be licked by someone else. I stopped vax'ing my DD last year. She had been vax'ed against chicken pox, and still got it a couple of months ago. Due to the vax, it didn't present properly, and was not diagnosed until about a week in.

Mrs.VanDeKamp
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 3:19 PM

 Lol if I recollect correctly, getting the chicken pox was almost a rite of passage. I am aware that occasionaly it may make some children very ill, and even be fatal in some cases, but I have never heard of happening to anyone I know of.

mackQuin
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 3:20 PM

 While i understand not wanting to get the vaccine for your kids; i will never understand this.

there are a lot of other diseases and germs you are subjecting your child to by having them intentionally lick after someone else.

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