BOULDER, CO (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.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment weighed in today too, reminding the public that chickenpox can be a serious infection, especially for infants, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems. They said vaccination is the best way to protect children and communities from chickenpox.