Monday, December 12, 2011

The Stupid, It Burns!!

Some Minn. parents seek out chicken pox on purpose

DULUTH, Minn. — Leah Schroeder’s youngest child, Fynn, had the best breakfast of his 14 months one morning just before Thanksgiving.

“I had my little guy suck on a sucker, which he thought was the coolest thing that had ever happened,” the 29-year-old mother of three said.

Schroeder was hosting a “pox party” in her Harbor Highlands home. Another mom stopped by, bringing her young child. The hope was that the other child would catch chicken pox from Fynn, who was in the midst of the itchy illness. Although chicken pox is highly contagious and easily transmitted through the air, the children shared a sucker to heighten the probability.

Schroeder is part of a loose network of parents in the Twin Ports who choose what they call “natural vaccination.” Rejecting the chicken pox vaccine as unnecessary and not always effective, they look for opportunities to expose their children to other children with the disease.


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