We know that folks are still having chicken pox parties.
How do we know.
For one thing, the Governor of Kentucky recently came out as having said he took his kids to one…
What’s the Evidence for Measles Parties?
But measles parties?
That can’t still be a thing, can it?
Until recently, I would have said, “no way!”
I mean, realistically, in most years, there were so few cases that it would have made it hard to find someone to intentionally expose your kid to.
That’s changed recently though.
“In Facebook group discussions, local activists have asked about holding “measles parties” to expose unvaccinated children to others infected with the virus so they can contract the disease and acquire immunity.”Despite measles outbreak, anti-vaccine activists in Minnesota refuse to back down
As outbreaks get bigger, especially since they are typically concentrated among clusters of unvaccinated children and adults in small communities, the possibility of measles parties become more possible.
They might even be likely when you have anti-vaccine folks encouraging folks to have them!
What about evidence of measles parties in Brooklyn?
The health department, in their press conference, does mention reports of measles parties. And that they think some people may be using the exposures so that their intentionally sick kids will later test positive when titer tests are done.
I hope they aren’t, but who knows…
Unfortunately, there are plenty of people claiming that they would like to intentionally expose their kids to measles. Hopefully they are just folks trying to get attention and wouldn’t really do that to their kids.
Vaccines are safe, with few risks, and necessary. There is no good reason to intentionally expose your kids to a potentially life-threatening disease.
More on Measles Parties
- VAXOPEDIA – What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Measles?
- VAXOPEDIA – Everything You Need to Know About the Measles Vaccine
- VAXOPEDIA – What to Do If Your Child Is Exposed to Measles
- VAXOPEDIA – Why Are You Still Worried About the MMR Vaccine?
- VAXOPEDIA – The Myth That Measles Isn’t Deadly
- VAXOPEDIA – Who Is at Risk If You Don’t Vaccinate Your Kids?
- VAXOPEDIA – Who Dies with Measles?
- VAXOPEDIA – Remembering Measles
- VAXOPEDIA – How an Anti-Vaccine Safety Handbook Has Caused the Longest Measles Outbreak in Recent History
- VAXOPEDIA – Timeline of the Measles Outbreak in Brooklyn
- Learning Lessons from Measles
- Orgies of Death – The Dangerous Tradition of Pox Parties and Measles Teas
- Swedish Anti-Vaccine Infection Parties for Measles and Rubella
- Despite measles outbreak, anti-vaccine activists in Minnesota refuse to back down