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Colorado parents organize “chickenpox parties” via private Facebook group

Posted at 8:49 AM, Oct 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-16 10:56:47-04

DENVER (KUSA) – Before the chickenpox vaccine was introduced more than 20 years ago, parents regularly exposed their kids to the virus to build an immunity.

Today, some parents refuse to vaccinate their children because they’re worried about the very rare side effects.

Alternatively, some of those parents are organizing “pox parties” on Facebook, in which they bring their healthy kids in contact with a child who has chickenpox.

Parents in these groups are willing to drive hours and even to different states to put their kids in the same room as an infected person with the belief that immunity from the illness is stronger than receiving the chickenpox vaccine.

But Lindsay Diamond, who has a PhD in molecular biology and co-founded Community Immunity said that method could cause your child to come down with serious complications like pneumonia.

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