Readers have their say on chicken pox 'parties'

THE majority of our readers aren't in favour of the so called 'chicken pox parties' as a way of exposing children to the virus. 

If you haven't already heard it in the news, parents are willing to take their children to chicken pox "parties" and most of our Facebook community who had their say believe it isn't the best option.

Hervey Bay's Trudi Edwards believes parents who don't vaccinate their children should be charged with child abuse.

Susan Cain questioned why parents would expose their children to an illness. 

"I got chicken pox as an adult and I have never been so sick in my life and was nearly hospitalised," she said

"All because somebody decided not to immunize their kid. Don't be selfish. Immunize your kids."

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"As a mother I just can't understand these people I do absolutely everything in my power to protect my child," she said. 

"They just don't get that these diseases we vaccinate against can be fatal."

Christine Hogan thinks the idea of a chicken pox party is pathetic.

"Have any of these parents given any thought to the future risk of a potential and extremely painful SHINGLES outbreak later on down the track?" she questioned. 

Daryl Hemming said "I don't know why anyone would expose their kids to the high possibility of getting something like chicken pox, in the very least on the pretext of supposedly preventing future infection."

Kelly Scougall said "that's how it used to be"

"If the neighbour's kid got the chicken pox we were encouraged to go and play so all the kids in the neighbourhood got the chicken pox at similar times. Usually once you've had a good dose you are immune from them for life."


Would take your child to a chicken pox 'party'?

This poll ended on 30 December 2015.

Current Results

Yes, the sooner they contract it, the safer it is for them


Wilfully infecting my child with a disease? No thanks


Maybe, if my doctor suggested the idea


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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