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megimoo
02-03-2009, 12:19 AM
Doctors Wary of Dangerous Pox Parties

It's the kind of party any child would want to attend, equipped with the coolest toys, the latest movies and even a few lollipops. But there's one thing, or rather one very itchy child, that makes these toddler gatherings different from others. These parties, known as chickenpox parties, are organized by parents who want their children to catch the virus naturally rather than getting vaccinated.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=6772216&page=1

noonwitch
02-03-2009, 09:10 AM
The Simpsons had a funny episode about this.

I had a thorough case of chickenpox when I was 8. It was hell, but I'll never get it again. It does seem weird when parents deliberately introduce their kids to an illness, though. With any other illness, we'd call it Maunchausen by proxy.

linda22003
02-03-2009, 09:30 AM
South Park did, too.

http://www.southparkstudios.com/guide/210/

"Dude! Our parents are trying to kill us!"