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Vincent Iannelli, M.D.

High-Tech Chicken Pox Parties are Illegal

By November 5, 2011

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Would you let your kids lick a lollipop they found on the street?

In this day of covers for shopping carts and hand sanitizer being available just about everywhere, I'm guessing most people would say no. Most parents don't like their kids being exposed to germs. There was even a mother who recently got banned from McDonald's because she was a little over zealous in testing their playground equipment for germs.

How about a used lollipop from a child that supposedly had chicken pox that you bought from a stranger on Facebook? Would you let your kids lick that?

While most people would also turn their noses and close their mouth to the idea of giving their kids a chicken pox lollipop, there is actually a story going around of a private Facebook group where parents can get together to share contaminated lollipops, rags (with spit), and Q-tips.

Not surprisingly, it is illegal to mail these types of things.

What is surprising is how to we have parents at such extremes. On the one end you have a parent on an anti-germ campaign, visiting and testing the play areas of fast food restaurants around the country, and at the other, you have parents organizing chicken pox parties at McDonalds on craigslist or by sending contaminated items across the country to help get their kids sick.

In addition to chicken pox, some parents are even asking for items contaminated with measles. So while cities spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to control outbreaks, in a year with record numbers of measles cases, some parents are looking to actually cause outbreaks. Seems like that should be illegal too.

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