I can’t actually believe that anyone would allow their kid to lick, chew, ingest something called the Chicken Pox lollipop in lieu of getting a shot.
It’s being hailed by some as a more “natural immunity.” I really hope this is just a scam and nobody’s getting taken in by this.
ABC News is reporting:
Authorities and doctors are warning parents who want to avoid chicken pox vaccines for their children that a new mail-order scheme to share lollipops licked by children infected with the disease as a way to create immunity in their kids is not only unsafe but illegal.
“Can you imagine getting a package in the mail from this complete stranger that you know from Facebook because you joined a group, and say here, drink this purported spit from some other kid?” U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Jerry Martin told The Associated Press.
There are even Facebook groups such as “Find a Pox Party in Your Area” offering ways for people to connect and share the virus through infected items, according to news reports.
Now, this could be popping up online as a way to get people to do this but it’s possible that my faith in humanity will be restored when I learn upon later reports that everyone simply said “ick” or some derivative of “ick” and clicked away from it. But on the other hand I wouldn’t be surprised to hear of “Pox parties” being all the rage. I wouldn’t doubt they’ll be one in my neighborhood. I’ve got some pretty weird neighbors.