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1 jaunte  Sat, Nov 5, 2011 12:20:25pm

Feeding your children an unknown contagion sent to you by a stranger. What a great idea.

2 dragonfire1981  Sat, Nov 5, 2011 12:48:40pm

How are these people any different from the Anthrax nuts from 2001?

3 Jeff In Ohio  Sat, Nov 5, 2011 12:59:54pm

Chicken Pox parties were pretty common up until the introduction of the vaccine in the mid-90's as the infection was less severe and easier to manage in younger children.

Chicken Pox is not anthrax, and conflating chicken pox with more virulent forms of virus' seems as hysterical as the logic behind current chicken pox parties.

Vaccination does not guarantee the absence of a chicken pox infection, though in my own children the instance was much milder then if they had not been vaccinated and further, people who are vaccinated can develop shingles as a result of the virus used in the vaccination.

Hyperbole aside, there is no reason not to vaccinate your children.

4 jaunte  Sat, Nov 5, 2011 1:38:48pm

Harpocrates:

...They have absolutely no thought to the risk involved. These items may be carrying more than just the varicella virus. Hepatitis A and B viruses, meningococcal bacteria and other baddies may also be lurking on that tempting lolli they just received. They are putting their children at significant risk of very serious injury or, yes, even death, all because they think they know better than people who have spent their lives studying biology, immunology and infectious diseases.
[Link: silencedbyageofautism.blogspot.com...]

5 Romantic Heretic  Sat, Nov 5, 2011 1:47:54pm

Utter insanity. Every time I think that humanity has run out of surprises, it surprises me. I wish those surprises were pleasant ones though.

6 Dark_Falcon  Sat, Nov 5, 2011 3:23:39pm

This stuff seriously should be prosecuted. Yes, the anti-vaxxers would call those people 'martyrs', but once an act of "defying the establishment" comes with a prison sentence, the great majority of formerly defiant people fall into line and obey.

7 Archangelus  Sat, Nov 5, 2011 3:49:41pm

re: #2 dragonfire1981

How are these people any different from the Anthrax nuts from 2001?

Simple: When it comes right down to it, they're not. Not on my book at any rate...

I really, really hope i'm wrong, but I just can't shake the dreadful feeling that this will come to a messy end only after these insane zealots or their ilk end up getting children killed - and perhaps even more than their own - in the process.

8 SanFranciscoZionist  Sat, Nov 5, 2011 4:03:51pm

re: #3 Jeff In Ohio

Chicken Pox parties were pretty common up until the introduction of the vaccine in the mid-90's as the infection was less severe and easier to manage in younger children.

Chicken Pox is not anthrax, and conflating chicken pox with more virulent forms of virus' seems as hysterical as the logic behind current chicken pox parties.

Vaccination does not guarantee the absence of a chicken pox infection, though in my own children the instance was much milder then if they had not been vaccinated and further, people who are vaccinated can develop shingles as a result of the virus used in the vaccination.

Hyperbole aside, there is no reason not to vaccinate your children.

All of this.

I'm not comfortable criticizing these moms for sending their kids to play with the kids with chicken pox--that was standard procedure when I was a child, in fact it was standard until 1995. I'm comfortable criticizing them for not vaccinating their kids.

This may seem like a fine distinction, but what they're doing was perfectly good parenting practice until the vaccine made it unnecessary. When those moms in the early nineties tried to get their kids to catch chicken pox when they were small, they were not OMG, trying to give their kids a disease!! they were trying to get them through the illness, which they would almost invariably catch at some point, and giving them immunity at a time in their life when it was safe to do so.

Now, sending this shit through the mail, that is just insane. But I realize that there are many fewer children with childish infectious diseases around for them to send their kids to catch childish infectious diseases from.

That's because most of us are vaccinating, like normal people.

9 Jeff In Ohio  Sat, Nov 5, 2011 4:45:23pm

re: #8 SanFranciscoZionist

Now, sending this shit through the mail, that is just insane. But I realize that there are many fewer children with childish infectious diseases around for them to send their kids to catch childish infectious diseases from.

It's doubtful the Chicken Pox would survive the mail, but hepatitis would. Regardless, it is illegal.

10 SanFranciscoZionist  Sat, Nov 5, 2011 5:39:47pm

re: #9 Jeff In Ohio

It's doubtful the Chicken Pox would survive the mail, but hepatitis would. Regardless, it is illegal.

Groooan. Hadn't thought about hep.

11 Almost Killed by Space Hookers  Tue, Nov 8, 2011 8:39:12pm

I have a bump from the head desk I got after reading this. Thank you for posting this... people certainly need to hear about it - but Damn... just damn.


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