Parents warned about chickenpox lollipops

Healthcare workers are warning parents to avoid a method around the chickenpox vaccine that uses lollypops with saliva on them from kids who have had the chickenpox.
Doctors say that parents are using the suckers to let their kids be naturally exposed to the virus instead of being vaccinated. Health experts say that the vaccine is safe and that parents don't have to look for alternatives, WEAU reports.
"The vaccine is a very safe and effective," Ellen Smith, a nurse epidemiologist, said according to WEAU. "They’ve been time trialed and tested. They haven't been put out there willy-nilly on the market. They’ve been out there for a very long time."
Other health risks are possible by being exposed to the chickenpox through lollipops or chickenpox parties. It is recommended that children get the vaccination instead of being exposed in this manner.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chickenpox is a disease caused by infection with the varicella zoster virus, which causes fever and an itchy rash. The symptoms include a skin rash of blister-like lesions that can cover the body but are usually more concentrated on the face, scalp and trunk, and a fever that may develop just before or when the rash appears. Those who have been vaccinated against the disease may get a milder illness with a less severe rash and mild or no fever.
Complications from chickenpox include a bacteria infection of the skin, swelling of the brain and pneumonia.