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Health Dept. Says Beware Of Chickenpox Parties

6:21 PM, Dec 5, 2013   |    comments
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GREENSBORO, NC -- With news of three flu deaths in the state and a case of tuberculosis in our local area, keeping healthy is on many people's minds.

Which is why 2WTK almost couldn't believe what is circulating on facebook, and we have to warn you, it's a little gross: Chickenpox (or Chicken Pox) parties.

Parents with a sick child inviting other kids to come over, not just to play, but when googled,  images for Chickenpox parties show kids swapping lollipops.

You can get Chickenpox if you touch the saliva of a person infected or it can be spread through the air if that infected person coughs or sneezes near you.

Sandy Ellington from the Guilford County Health Department says she's heard of Chickenpox parties before. She says she understands some parents want their kid to build up their own immunity instead of having the vaccine, but she says, the parties could do a lot more harm that what parents think.

Most of us think of Chickenpox as that minor disease where we just itched a lot and scabbed over for a week.
But it's not like that for everyone.

"You never know how your child is going to react to any disease that they get it may be mild or it could be encephalitis or
pneumonia because it's Chickenpox on the lungs. It could be major major problems."

Once you get Chickenpox it lives in your system forever and it can develop into Shingles later in life.

Since 1995 kids have been able to get a Chickenpox vaccine. Usually the first dose is around age 1 and a booster at kindergarten.  



















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