Anti-vaxxers willen ‘mazelenfeestjes’ voor kinderen, experts: ‘Verschrikkelijk idee’.
It’s not clear whether measles parties are actually happening, but anti-vaccination advocates continue to push the idea on social media.
“Measles was the chicken pox of my parents’ generation,” one woman wrote on Facebook on Sunday. “They would have measles parties so they could catch the measles because measles is safer to have as a child.” (…)
Having measles as a child “gives you a much more significant chance of disability later in life,” Alter explained. “The most dangerous part is called SSPE, which is short for subacute sclerosing panencephalitis,” she said. SSPE is “neurodegenerative progressing disease that manifests after measles, about 10 years later.”
“It is fatal. It is painful. It is completely avoided if you get the vaccine,” Alter said.
Steven Hoffman, a York University professor and director of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research’s Institute of Population & Public Health, said measles parties are “a terrible idea.”