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Chicken Pox Party: Should You Do It? (page 2)

Chicken Pox Party: Should You Do It?

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Updated on May 27, 2014

The Vaccine Debate Redux

If nothing else, the pox party issue has definitely reinvigorated the vaccine debate in America. Non-immunizing parents worry that the best interests of drug companies, not the best interests of children, are prompting ever-increasing childhood vaccinations. Recent documentaries on the vaccine debate like The Greater Good present the issue as tainted by media bias that “peddles fear and reduces the issue to over-protective mothers battling against well-meaning, white-coated doctors. This sensationalized debate distracts everyone from the legitimate scientific issues of vaccine safety.” On the other hand, organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics tout childhood immunizations as “our society’s greatest health care achievement,” pointing to the eradication of such menaces as polio.

The Center for Disease Control currently recommends that “all healthy children” between 1–12 years old should receive two doses of the MMRV, or measles, mumps, rubella and varicella, vaccine, as should adults without evidence of immunity (especially those at highest risk). Whether or not you choose to vaccinate your child, you may want to think twice about mail-order chickenpox.

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