Last night I was contacted by a local mom who has a pox upon her house. She has 3 kids, a set of 7 year old twins and a 1 1/2 year old. She has exposed her kids to chicken pox 3 times and finally, after the 3rd exposure 2 weeks ago, one of them has spots. She broke out on Tuesday morning. Hopefully the other two are incubating and will have spots soon as well. She invited us over to play and expose my kids. We shared drinks and lollipops and if the force is with us we will see spots on at least one of them within 21 days.
I realize that purposeful exposure might seem like a strange idea, but it makes sense for us. We don't vaccinate (many reasons for that, search my archives if you want to read further), so immunity that way isn't an option. We could just take the wait and see approach, but that could take years. It's easier in every way for kids to get chicken pox when they are young because it's usually more mild, less complications, less side-effects. Of course there are exceptions to that but I'm speaking in generalizations. I'd like to get it over as soon as possible. Historically purposeful exposure has been used as a way to be prepared for illness. Chicken pox is very methodical, it has the same pattern pretty much every time, so it's easy to expose and then be ready. Kind of nice actually. And natural exposure usually gives life-time immunity. There is the rare person that gets it twice but that is definitely not how it goes for the average person. Also if you contract chicken pox naturally you have less of a chance of developing shingles later. Again, this is not a hard and fast rule but generally this is the case.
All those reasons, along with avoiding the ingredients of vaccines and the uncontrollable side-effects of those vaccines, makes purposeful exposure the best way for my family to help keep our kids healthy and happy.
So, here's crossing my fingers for spots!!