I’m Having A Party. Hopefully The Loot Bag Will Show Up Later

I understand there are mixed reactions towards vaccinating kids against Chicken Pox. But what I don’t understand are the parents who hold Chicken Pox Parties. Yup, you heard that right. A parent of a kid with Chicken Pox puts up an ad, and people come over, some of them driving for hours, to encourage their kid to rub elbows/share lollypops/switch cups with the pox-laiden one in hopes that their child will naturally acquire the pox and not need to get the shot. When their kid is the, um, lucky? Or unlucky? Recipient of the red rash, their mommy dearest holds a chicken pox party. And round and round we go.

Anybody else think this is just wrong? It’s stupid to assume that every kid who has Chicken Pox *only* has Chicken Pox. What else could you be bringing your kid into contact with?

And how does the pox-afflicted one feel about having random strange children thrown into his livingroom…just because he has Chicken Pox? I know they said the kids were enjoying it, but if it were me, if I have a fever and my face is covered with bumps, the last thing I want to do is have a big ol’ meet n greet.

And these kids are apparently almost kindergarten-aged because I guess it’s been made mandatory in the New York area that kids get the vaccine before they go to Kindergarten if they haven’t already contracted the bug naturally. These parents are afraid that if they get the vaccine, they’ll become autistic. Um, if this theory of vaccinations causing autism holds water, wouldn’t the kid need to be vaccinated at a much younger age than almost old enough to go to school? Can kids *go* autistic later on? I don’t know a ton about autism, so perhaps I need to be enlightened.

What a bunch of weirdos. I have a feeling the kids won’t just have scars from Chicken Pox.

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