A new party craze has hit Brisbane.
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Brisbane Anti-vaccination supporters are holding none other than “chickenpox parties”.
The mother of two boys aged three and five, Hollie Singleton, advertised via a Facebook anti-vaccination group the opportunity to infect other children with the disease.
“My son has a full case of chickenpox. We are all home together for the week,” she wrote.
“If anyone wants to clear this bug now and get it over with please come to Brisbane and visit us. We are here to infect only those who want it!”
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Ms Singleton told The Sunday Mail – “I had a number of people who were interested if the timing was different,” she said.
She said it was “the way things were done in the past” and she had no concerns that chickenpox can be fatal.
Ms Singleton said she had seen “a couple” of other advertisements online for “chickenpox parties”.
“I just don’t believe in a chickenpox vaccine, it seems really silly to put that in children when natural immunity comes from getting it and it’s a safer smarter thing to do,” she said.
“I chose to allow the virus to come when my kids were susceptible, and the body did a great job of responding and healing. This may not be true of others, and it may be that their immune systems are not as strong. Care must be taken in prevention and in recovery. And safety by quarantine, strict hygiene practices, and communication to help others be responsible will help reduce infection and spread regardless of illness or vaccine shedding.”
While these “parties” were fairly common before a vaccine was developed, Australian Medical Association warn it’s “dangerous” and “terribly misinformed” with the severity of the disease being underestimated by parents.
“I’ve said repeatedly vaccination saves lives, it reduces infection and it protects us all, not just the individual,” AMA Queensland president Dr Chris Zappala said.
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