I saw this story online today, and I was shocked. First of all, who came up with this idea?! Secondly, who would BUY them?
Back in my day (gosh, that makes me sound so old…), you just GOT the chicken pox. There was no vaccine. One day, you went to kindergarten and came home with red, itchy spots, and you got a week off of school. Then, you passed it on to your younger sister and brother, who gave it to their preschool class, and so on… (Unless you’re my DH, who didn’t get it until he was in his 20s!)
I’m sure some parents think this is a brilliant way to expose their children to the virus, and avoid the vaccine. The Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine is a newer one, introduced into the CDC recommended vaccine schedule in 1995. According to The Vaccine Book by Dr. Sears (a favorite among skeptical parents, like myself), “Having the disease in most cases provides lifelong immunity (better immunity than the shot provides).”
I don’t really consider Chickenpox to be a terrible threat. I see it as a normal part of childhood, and because of that, I kind of hope DS is exposed to the actual disease. (That’s one less shot of chemicals and god-knows-what going in to his body.) But, a dried spit-covered lollipop is not the way to do it! That’s just taking a huge risk of being exposed to a bunch of other germs…
I’d rather just have an old-fashioned “chickenpox party”.