You may have thought that parents who chose not to vaccinate their children were dumb and irresponsible, but now there may be a trend happening that’s even worse.
According to a story by KQED, parents may be throwing measles party to build immunity “the old fashioned way.”
Julie Schiffman is a mother in Marin County who chose not to vaccinate her kids. Schiffman said she was approached by a friend who offered to set up play date with another child who had the measles.
According to Art Reingold an epidemiology professor at UC Berkeley, he said “The basic notion is ‘this is my opportunity for my kid to get immune the old fashioned way, the way God intended. The way nature intended.”
These disease parties are actually an outdated technique practiced in times when vaccines were unavailable. But they can have serious consequences. The director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease, Dr. Anne Schuchat, warns that measles can result in pneumonia, dehydration, encephalitis or even death, and strongly encourages parents not to intentionally expose their child.
Which we would like to add a resounding DUH.
About 500 children die from the measles in the United States every year, and 150,000 children worldwide died from the disease last year. According the World Health Organization, measles is a highly contagious disease, spreading at a rate of 90% if someone near you is infected.
It pains me that I even have to say this, but please, don’t intentionally get your child sick with measles. Smh…