In today's society, more and more parents are becoming leery of vaccines. Rather than expose their children to vaccines, they choose to expose them to other things like: chickenpox laced lollipops.
It sounds like a scary desert on some menu in a low-budget horror film, but it is real and illegal. Well, it's not so much the lollipops themselves that are illegal, rather the way that parents decided to ship them that caused a stir.
Facebook is a social vehicle that is great for many things, so why not for chicken pox parties as they are aptly named. A group named Find a Pox Party In Your Area popped up on the social networking site and featured mothers selling chicken pox infected items for a fee.
How much would you pay for the chance to infect your child with a disease? Some of these mothers paid upwards of $50 for lollipops infected with the virus and in some cases vials of spit that were intended for drinking.
Although scary and frowned upon by doctors, exposing children to chicken pox when another child close to them has it isn't anything new. The popular Nickelodeon children's cartoon Rugrats touched on the issue in 1997. When one baby came down with chicken pox, the parents discussed exposing the other children to it so that they could get it over at once.
What's most shocking isn't that parents are exposing their children, but rather the ways that they are doing it. Sure, a vial of spit from an unknown child may contain the chickenpox virus, but what else could it contain? In these instances, not only were these parents exposing their kids to the virus, but to an unknown number of other viruses.
What do you think about all of this? Would you expose your child or children to a virus like chickenpox?