Tragically, that some folks still host and go to chicken pox parties is not a myth.
In the pre-vaccine era, chicken pox parties made some sense.
Since getting chicken pox was inevitable, you wanted your kids to get it when they were young. That might help avoid some of the more serious complications of getting chicken pox as an adult.
But now, with a safe and effective chicken pox vaccine, there is no good reason that kids should have to get chicken pox.
Getting chicken pox on purpose at a chicken pox party or from a chicken pox contaminated lollipop (welcome to the 21st century) that you ordered on the internet puts your child at risk with no benefit.
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- Orgies of Death – The Dangerous Tradition of Pox Parties and Measles Teas
- How a Chickenpox Lollipop and a Pink Birthmark Got Me All Worked Up About Vaccination
- Chickenpox can kill – it’s a myth to believe otherwise
- “Pox packages,” child abuse, and the violation of federal law
- Crashing the Pox Party