Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Ain't No Party Like a Measles Party!

Thanks to a case of measles reported at Disneyland the issue of vaccines has been all over the news and social media. The debate between those who vaccinate and those who do not have been loud and aggressive. 

The latest chapter of this saga is the idea of Measles Parties! That's right, it is exactly what you think. Parents of unvaccinated children are getting together to expose their kids to the illness in order to become immune to the illness the "old-fashion way". Of course the California Department of Health is strongly recommending against this stating there is no reason to expose a child to a potential deadly illness that has the potential to spread to others. 

This is not the first time we have seen something like this. A few years ago we wrote about the Chicken Pox Lollipops. Parents were buying online lollipops licked by kids with the virus. In fact before the chicken pox vaccines were introduced in 1995, Chicken pox parties were a real thing. Many felt it was better to just get it over with. In some families if one child got chicken pox the other children would be exposed so that the parents could just deal with it all at the same time. 

Of course these are those who feel that this kind of parenting is just too risky, especially when it comes to an illness like measles which is not as mild as chicken pox and has a 28% hospital rate for children under 5. 

Do you think measles parties are taking things too far?? 

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