No one wants to get the chicken pox, especially when you're older. But now parents are so scared their kids will get the lil red bumps they are taking matters into their own hands.
Weary of the chickenpox vaccine, some parents are actually subjecting their kids to the disease in very odd ways.
They're hosting Pox Parties and giving them chickenpox infected lollipops. There is an actual Facebook page called: "Find a Pox Party Near You", where parents can find an infected kid's house and take their un-vaccinated child over for a play date. Hoping they'll catch it.
One of the Facebook postings on the page from Wendy Werkit of Nashville offered a "fresh batch of pox in Nashville shipping of suckers, spit and Q-tips available tomorrow 50 dollars via PayPal."
Forget party favors parents are actually handing out tainted treats. No joke, parents are sending away for these infected lollipops actually licked by kids who have the disease.
Werkit told WSMV that the money was used to cover the shipping costs of the lollipops had been licked by her children.
"They can't get (chickenpox) the normal way anymore of just naturally catching and just naturally getting the immunity for life," Werkit said.
Doctors do not recommend Pox parties or Pox lollipops, and they may not even work. Medical experts say everyone's body reacts differently to the virus. Death and harm could come from infected someone, especially a child unnaturally.
Doctors also say chickenpox cannot be spread through saliva either. It's a virus that you get through your respiratory tract. In order for the lollipops to be effective, it would have to be inhaled.
Would you give your kid a chickenpox lollipop or take them to a pox party?
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