Here’s another tale that reinforces the common sense if impractical notion that some people just aren’t fit to be parents, and that maybe there should be some sort of licensing process before they impregnate one another.
Other parents on the same message board posted requests for shipments of a variety of chickenpox-infected items – towels, children’s clothes, rags. By getting their children to touch the contaminated items or suck on tainted candy, they believe their children will get the stronger immunity that surviving a full-blown natural infection of chickenpox affords, without the hazards they say come with vaccines.
So-called pox parties, where parents would arrange play dates with infected children, were practiced before the introduction of the varicella, or chickenpox, vaccine in 1995. Now some parents are turning to Facebook and other social media sites, using the Internet to facilitate the exposure of their children to chickenpox and other diseases like measles, mumps and rubella. The parents say they would rather their children acquire these diseases and develop natural immunity than run the risk of vaccine side effects. — NYTimes.com
Don’t need to add whole lot of commentary, do I. This one kind of stands straight up on its own legs as a screaming testament to ignorance in its purest form.
As one physician pointed out, when you take the lollipop out of the mouth of a kid with chicken pox and put it in another kid’s mouth, you’re also transferring whatever else the first kid brings to the disease-fest — bacteria of any kind, strep throat, tooth decay, etc. As any parent understand (or SHOULD understand), kids are walking Petri dishes of infections.
Chicken pox is a serious disease. It leads to complications that may not become manifest until many years later, such as shingles. It can leave scars, too: those pustules itch, kids scratch them and they deepen, causing bleeding, scabbing, and cratering.
All this to avoid rare complications from inoculation? Play the odds here. It’s life and death, not ideology.
I have no children of my own. I’m rather certain I would have made a lousy parent. I’m absolutely certain I have more sense than these asshats. It’s too late for abortions, but can we at least sterilize them? The public’s health is at issue here.