Why Chickenpox Parties Are A Bad Idea

Forbes - 03-23


Let's not get this party started. If you are thinking of attending or holding a chickenpox party, don't. A chickenpox party is a party that parents may hold to deliberately expose their children to the chickenpox or varicella-zoster virus. This is literally a sick party, and not sick as in "that's sick" or "that's cool." For a "pox party," parents will invite at least one child who is sick with the virus to mix with other children in an attempt to spread the virus and get all the children deliberately infected. It's not clear how often parents reveal to their kids the true nature of such a party. Imagine being invited to a party because of your viruses and not you.