There are some parents that avoid giving their children vaccines, therefore turn to “natural immunity” against the disease by allowing their kids to suck on mail-ordered lollipops already licked by sick kids. There was a Facebook page called “Find a Pox Party in Your Area,” which displayed parents advertising to ship infected lollipops around the country. The Facebook page has been shut down. There was about 1,000 “likes” for this page.
There are many risks to allow your kids to suck on lollipops by other kids. Who knows how many other bacteria, germs, diseases, etc is on the lollipops? Dr. Bill Schaffner, chair of the Depart. Of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University of Medicine, says it’s not even a good way to transmit chickenpox, because usually the virus has to be breathed in.
Only about 6% of parents don’t vaccinate their children with the chickenpox vaccine.
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