At some point in recent human history, madly scratching your body as your bubby smeared pink lotion on you and telling you not to scratch was a weird childhood rite of passage. For the 30-something and older crowd, chickenpox is most likely a reality we’d all sooner forget if we can remember things from those days.
But in 1995, the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine was introduced in the United States and quickly became a requirement in the childhood shot regimen. Unfortunately, several billions years ago before this vaccine, stupidity found its way into the human genome and we have not shaken it since. Why on Earth would any parent want to give their child the chickenpox, especially considering the herpes zoster virus that implants itself in your spinal cord once you are infected and the constant lifetime worry about developing a case of shingles when you reach the coveted Golden Years.
Of course, if you find yourself on the receiving end of a Pox Party invite or have a crazy, born suburban mom who could have easily been an extra on Showtime’s Weed sending you ‘special lollipops’, remember you could be putting your kid at risk for a miserable life and possibly death by not embracing this small miracle of science.