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March 10, 2005

Chickenpox Parties

Uh. I really have no response to this. I saw the story and had to go listen. It's just mindboggling.

'Chickenpox Parties' for Parents Wary of Inoculations
Oregon is experiencing a growing phenomenon of "chickenpox parties" -- events where parents wary of getting their kids inoculated against chickenpox knowingly expose them to infected children to build immunity. [via NPR News: Health & Science]

Posted by snooze at March 10, 2005 07:36 AM


Not terribly surprising - a lot of parents used to do this before the chickenpox vaccine existed. My own mom said that she should have taken me next door for infection in kindergarten, as it might have been easier than my round with it in 2nd grade.

It IS disturbing that more parents are shunning vaccines in general. The mercury preservative in some childhood vaccinations should absolutely be eliminated, but the agents that do the vaccinating (killed/attenuated virus) DO work and are largely safe.

Posted by: a_non [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 10, 2005 08:06 AM

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