Chicken Pox Lolipop? Vaccination Paranoia Leads to Pox Parties


At some point in parenthood, Chicken Pox is always discussed between the Moms of a play group. I know we did in mine! And the discussion always surrounded whether or not to purposely arrange a playdate with other kids who had Chicken Pox {a firm belief that getting it an an early age is better than an outbreak when older}.

As of today, neither of my 3 girls have had chicken pox {Yet, they have all been vaccinated for it}. Many automatically think that getting the vaccine prevented Chicken Pox, but in reality, a vaccinated person can still get a very mild form. But, even a mild form is still better than full blown Chicken Pox, which can lead to serious hospitalization and even death.

I recently read about some parents whom have gone to great extremes to make sure their kids get chickenpox, exactly when they want them to. Apparently, that route is by purchasing pox-infected lolipops! Forget selling used clothing and unwanted items on Kijiji and Facebook, people have been selling infected items covered in saliva from kids who have Chicken Pox! The most popular item? Lolipops! And, some have gone for a whopping $50 each! Seriously!?

One question remains when you spend that much on the lolipop: do you infect just your own kids or have a ‘pox-party‘ and charge admission to all the neighborhood parents? Many have seen parties such as these being advertised as well. Yet, I’m pretty sure that mailing viruses and possibly even giving virus-infected food on purpose to others, is against the law – at least I’d hope it would be!

What do you think of Chicken Pox Lolipops and Pox-Parties?
Have you actually seen these advertised in your area?




  1. says

    Pox party- yes.

    Pox lolly? No.

    I’d rather chance it. I haven’t seen these advertized, but have now heard about them a few times today. Odd.

  2. Hailey says

    Pox party – I’m not completely opposed.

    Pox Lolly – totally think that’s just gross….more specifically from some kid you don’t know. blech…

    Neither of my kids have had chicken pox either – I’m curious to see how that all plays out as they aren’t immunized against them. Time will tell I suppose…

    • Tammi says

      Hailey – I didn’t think I’d ever had Chicken Pox. Then, when I was PG with the twins, I was tested by the doc, just to be sure. The tests came back that I did, in fact, have Chicken Pox at one time in my life – and I neither my Mother noticed….??
      I didn’t think it could go unnoticed like that. So, it makes me wonder if maybe my kids have had it…?

      • Hailey says

        funny…though considering your mom had 7 kids, i don’t think it is unreasonable that she may not have remembered each child’s bout with the pox…buut if you don’t remember…strange…is it possible to have a natural immunity?

        guess we will have to wait and see….shall i send you a lolly when the time comes? lol

  3. says

    Disgusting! That must be child abuse no? Because even though you’re purchasing a lollipop infected with saliva, who knows what else it’s infected with. There are literally thousands of diseases (some serious) that are passed with bodily fluids – hepatitis B can live outside the body for 7 days!!!

    • Tammi says

      Exactly Lena – who knows what could be all over it, it’s from a stranger after all! We teach our kids to not take candy from strangers, yet some parents would buy it from them! Crazy!

  4. Jana says

    So we have parents buying a lollipop that was licked by a sick kid for $50… This makes logical sense? Not to me!

  5. angela m says

    I have never heard of either of these methods and i don’t agree with it…
    My 1 year old daughter just got chicken pox a few months ago, but my 6 year old never got it..

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