Sheesh. Another anti-vaccination horror story.

This time it’s chickenpox.

A mom in Texas was reported to Child Protective Services for holding chickenpox-exposure parties. She was turned in by a pro-vaccination group overseas. Hopefully this will stop these idiots.

Apparently this mom thinks “natural immunization” is the way to go: she plans playdates so that healthy kids and sick kids can mingle, I guess with the idea that the healthy kids will come down with chickenpox.

I guess all those parents in San Diego whose unvaccinated kids came down with chickenpox agree with her.

Chickenpox can be very dangerous for people with compromised immune systems or who are unable to be vaccinated because they are too young or are allergic to the vaccine. In addition, like any disease it can cause serious complications.

And then, oh God, there is shingles.

Just after Railfan was born, I developed shingles.* Usually the condition hits older people, but sometimes people in their thirties can come down with it. Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same that causes chickenpox.

I would not wish shingles on my worst enemy. It hurts like a bitch.

This is what parents who refuse to vaccinate their kids for chickenpox are risking. Unfortunately, the kids will be all grown up before they get shingles. I wonder what they will think of their parents who deliberately made sure they were exposed to the virus causing them such pain.

I know what I think of them. It’s not good.

*In addition to mastitis. I was not a happy camper.

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