via A pox on antivaxxers.
On Facebook, parents belonging to an antivax group were encouraging others to send postal mail to each containing items like lollipops infected with saliva containing chicken pox.
I will give you a moment to pick your jaw up from off the floor. When you’re done, watch this:
I can hear jaws all over the world right now smashing right through the ground.
Yes, this is for real. The idea is to have what’s called a “Chicken pox party”, where parents purposefully infect their kids with a disease that can put them at great health risk, because they so strongly dislike the idea of vaccinating their children. This idea all by itself is incredibly bad — once you’re infected, the virus stays with you for life, putting you at risk for shingles as an adult, and can cause severe complications to people with compromised immune systems.
I understand that a lot of parents don’t think chicken pox is that big a risk. Many of us had it as a kid, and it wasn’t much more than an inconvenience. I had it, and I remember being miserable and itching like crazy, but that was about it.
But even so, sending a known biohazard through the mail? Does this not cause alarm bells to go off in anyone’s head? And rubella? Measles? Are you kidding me? Measles can kill.
It’s come to this: a federal prosecutor is warning parents concerned about vaccinations that licking a stranger’s chicken pox lollipop is illegal.
“It’s a serious offense,” U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee told TPM. “It’s also extremely dangerous.”
The Associated Press reports that some parents have turned to a Facebook group — “Find a Pox Party in Your Area” — to connect with people and share the virus through lollipops or other objects that have an infected child’s saliva