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Are Chicken Pox Parties the New Vaccine?

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One of the worst times for parents is when they have to take their kids into the doctor’s office knowing they must get shots.

Parents worry about the pain of the needle (and their child’s reaction to that pain), but also about what is in the vaccine shot and how their child will react to it.

After a now-debunked 1998 paper by a British scientist claiming vaccinations caused autism, many parents fear any vaccination and have opted out of them for their child.

Instead, they search for “natural” ways for their child to gain a resistance to common childhood diseases. They have their child ingest specific vitamins and minerals that are supposed to raise the child’s immunity levels.

Some parents throughout the United States have organized "chicken pox parties" to introduce the virus to their child in a “controlled” setting. Some have even gone to the extremes of buying chicken pox-tainted items like lollipops to pass the disease on to their children.

Many parents believe since they had chicken pox and survived, that it is no big deal. They see it as a mild, uncomfortable virus but nothing to be afraid of and certainly nothing to vaccinate against.

Experts disagree. The Centers for Disease Control equate chicken pox parties to playing Russian roulette with a child’s health.

Before the chicken pox (or varicella as it is properly called) vaccine became available for the general public, chicken pox infections were the cause of 10,000 hospitalizations and more than 100 deaths each year in the United States.

Parents who expose their child to a “wild” case of chicken pox through these parties put them at risk for a severe case of the disease and they will have a higher chance of being hospitalized or even dying.

The children who do not get a life-threatening form of chicken pox still have to deal with the mild form of the disease.

Typically they will miss a week of school (and the caretaker will miss a week of work), and they have to contend with the excessive itchiness, fever, and general malaise that comes with the virus.

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EmpowHER Guest

"Equating chicken pox parties to playing Russian roulette with your child's health"?? I would consider injecting a concoction of viruses into your child, numerous times, much more risky than that...

September 9, 2012 - 12:20am
EmpowHER Guest

I think anyone who would inject their healthy baby or child with chickenpox vaccine is an idiot. My 3 kids had chickenpox which they caught from a child that had been vaccinated. My kids were sick for under a week with some itchy spots and mild fever. They now have better immunity from chickenpox then the vaccine would ever give, plus they don't need to be injected with a dozen boosters as they grow up.

September 7, 2012 - 7:21pm
EmpowHER Guest

Bringing Wakefield into this clearly demonstrates your ignorance. Get with it. If vaccines work, and are effective an unvaccinated child is absolutely NO threat to society at all. And for someone to say that vaccines do NOT cause Autism is the real quackery, because ONE vaccine has been studied in relation to Autism. ONE. And to be quite honest it is an insult to tell parents that they need to do their research when they choose not to vaccinate, because BY AND LARGE parents who choose NOT to vaccinate have done countless more hours of research than those who choose TO vaccinate. And to say "that study" was done by a quack, is absolutely false. His counterpart in that study who experienced all the same repercussions from that study, had been exonerated of all charges, and Dr. Wakefield's turn is coming. The case is STILL in litigation. And NOT ONLY THAT, but Dr. Wakefield's study had nothing to do with whether or not vaccines caused Autism. Dr. Wakefield is a Gastroentrologist who found that many children with Autism also had the vaccine strain of measles living in their intestines. THAT'S IT. He found something that the pharmaceutical and medical world quickly wanted to shut him up about. THAT'S IT. His study had nothing to do with vaccines. NOTHING. No other vaccines, or ingredients (besides Thimerosal) have been studied, nor any combination thereof in reference to vaccines. I will not stand by and let someone tell parents that vaccines do not cause Autism, when first of all THAT has NOT been proven, and second of all...ONLY someone who hasn't done enough research on vaccines would ever put Autism at the top of their concerns list. And then you need to read package inserts, because Autism is listed as an adverse reaction...on at least one of them. If the manufacturer is saying their vaccine can cause autism, who the hell is anyone else to say they do not? http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Biologi.../UCM101580.pdfScroll

"Adverse events reported during post-approval use of Tripedia vaccine include idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, SIDS, anaphylactic reaction, cellulitis, autism, convulsion/grand mal convulsion, encephalopathy, hypotonia, neuropathy, somnolence and apnea."

Why would they put that in there? To save their butts if your kid gets diagnosed with Autism. But, then we have to wonder why the government made it so you CANNOT sue the pharmaceutical company if that is the case, or if your child dies, or gets encephalitis, or diabetes, or asthma, or epilepsy. So instead of the pharmaceutical companies being held liable, guess who is paying the lawsuit settlements when vaccines DO this crap? Answer: Those who vaccinate. You are paying a tax on every dose of vaccines you purchase and have administered to you or your children. And this tax goes into a fund to pay the injury settlements. I cannot possibly be the only one calling QUACK on THAT. For more information please refer to:



September 7, 2012 - 7:13pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

AMEN! Well said!

September 8, 2012 - 10:56am
(reply to Anonymous)

Good to see someone who actually reads, and someone else who has read Andy's paper.
Keep it up brother, or sister.

September 7, 2012 - 9:27pm
EmpowHER Guest

"...it can save the child from severe complications later on."

Although not from shingles.
By trying to prevent all children from experiencing chickenpox naturally, this policy may have actually created a NEW epidemic—not in children but in adults, especially elderly adults.

Vaccinating children for chickenpox may very well be causing a shingles epidemic.

September 7, 2012 - 6:26pm
EmpowHER Guest

Using this logic, it makes as much sense as allowing your boy to undergo cosmetic surgery on their genitalia. That also causes at least 100 deaths each year in the United States; it's 100% effective unlike varicella vaccine which is 44% effective. Yet the AAP is now suggesting insurance coverage of circumcision be in order.
I don't appreciate the medical population claiming I'm endangering others by omitting various vaccinations, when the organization we should be able to trust the most has made the main motivations very clear; make money.

September 7, 2012 - 6:23pm
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

**it's 100% preventable!!!*** is what I meant. :(

September 7, 2012 - 6:24pm
EmpowHER Guest

Scientists say that I can decrease the odds of my child from contracting a disease that will make him uncomfortable for a week and decrease the chances of him developing MRSA from the disease lesions through a shot? You can bet that he'd be receiving that vaccine when he meets the qualifications! I remember having chicken pox lesions in my eye lids... Why or why would any loving intelligent parent want to put their child through that if it can be avoided?!

September 7, 2012 - 8:33am
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Why? Because I'd rather my child have chicken pox than deal with shingles later on, which is much more dangerous. The vaccine does not necessarily prevent your child from getting or spreading chicken pox. Don't be surprised if your child gets chicken pox within a week or two after you vaccinate and gets shingles later on in life. I would rather my child get chicken pox than inject them with aluminum, formaldehyde and animal dna or aborted fetal matter

September 9, 2012 - 1:17am
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