Since we are doing the vax debate, how about this?
Biased article aside, is this a good idea? Would you give your child a chicken pox pop?These lollipops sound like less than a treat.
KPHO in Phoenix reports that a Facebook group is offering parents the opportunity to receive lollipops in the mail that have allegedly been infected with chicken pox. The parents seeking these disease-riden sweets want their children to get chicken pox when they're young so they can become immune to the disease and avoid getting it later in life.
KPHO also found parents looking for people to send measles, mumps and rubella.
KJ Dell'Antonia at Slate was dumbfounded:"Let's try this sentence on for size: 'I just gave my kid a pre-licked lollipop sent to me by a stranger I met on the Internet!'"HuffPost Parents blogger and author Hayley Krischer wrote that "the stupidity of passing infected chicken pox lollipops through the mail is terrifying."
Dr. Wilbert Mason, a professor of clinical pediatrics at USC's Keck School of Medicine, told the Los Angeles Times that the strategy of sending infected lollipops is unlikely to work. The chicken pox virus requires cells to live in and there probably wouldn't be enough of them on a licked lollipop, Mason explains.
But more dangerous diseases like hepatitis B, group A strep, and staph germs might survive a trip in the mail, Mason speculates.
Jerry Martin, U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, confirmed to the AP that sending diseased treats in the mail is illegal.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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Ewww! No I would not give my child a prelicked lollipop, sent to me by a stranger in the mail. Gross!
BUT, I do remember when I was little (before the vax) parents making an effort to give their children Chicken pox. Things like playdates with a sick kid, kissing siblings or parents who have it. Not sure how true it is, but it is said that chicken pox is less severe and has less complications if you get it when young, so I guess if we are talking about something that you knew your child would get eventually, this makes sense to me.
Mom to Arianna (5), Conner (3) and Trent (my baby)
That is disgusting and potentially dangerous... not because of chicken pox, but everything else you could be picking up.
Let's see, 1. the virus probably wouldn't survive the whole process of being shipped on a dry lollipop, 2. how do you know this "mother" is actually inecting the lillipop with chicken pow and not, oh hepititis?, 3. it's illegal to send infectious material via mail.
I don't understadn the thinking of not wanting your child to get the vaccine so badly that you would rather infect them with a disease that might have complications. Honestly if a parent gave their kid one of these lollipops and that child had complications from getting chicken pox or got another a disease, I would consider that neglect.
This is the kind of stuff that happens when conspiracy theory paranoids and anti establishment hippies get to make the medical decisions for other people. It's like lollipop germ warfare.
Morons. Keep your infectious germ bombs out of my mail, kthanks.
No freakin way.
I agree with pp.
Holy cow. I'm utterly disappointed in humans right now.
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I find this disgusting! Just the whole pre-licked item disgusts me.
With that said, I would not intentionally expose a child of proper age to chicken pox, but if one child had it and the other didn't I wouldn't neccessarily keep them 100% quarrantined. The dangers of getting chicken pox as an adult are much more severe.
Not only is it gross but you would never know what else is in those lolli pops.
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