Snots and Lollies by Mail: Are They for You? MomTalk
Parents who fear vaccines use social networking to infect their children with chicken pox and other infectious diseases.
It's one thing not to have your children vaccinated. But it's a truly different story when parents go in search of bodily fluids from total strangers in an effort to infect their children with chicken pox or a myriad of other infectious diseases like measles, mumps and rubella.
A story broke this week about a Facebook group, "Find a Pox Party in Your Area," in which parents can locate children with the disease and expose their children in an effort to gain natural immunity. What makes this disturbing is that parents on the site are offering to mail bodily fluids from their sick child to other parents across the United States and Canada.
One mother announced on the site that her children had come down with pox. Within 48 hours, lollipops covered with her children's saliva had been shipped from Arizona to Canada, Tennessee, Georgia and California.
Other parents have received wet rags covered with spit as well as clothing worn by infected children.
And what if you're getting more than you bargained for? Hepatitis anyone?
Not only is this gross, it's against the law. It's a federal offense to ship contagions. While chicken pox seems benign, there are complications that can arise from the illness. Skin infections and encephalitis are potential risks. Why anyone would assume this risk and offer up spit that could contain a lot more than just chicken pox is beyond me.
What do you think? Is this a dangerous practice? Would you participate?