It looks like the kind of story that would be quickly debunked by a search on Snopes, but as the message is being delivered by Jerry Martin, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, I'm going to assume that it is legitimate. In short, parents who don't want to get their children vaccinated for chickenpox are paying strangers to mail them lollipops supposedly licked by people who have chickenpox. These parents then give the chickenpox-laced lollipop to their children to lick and hopefully contract the virus. The idea is that after suffering through having this self-inflicted chickenpox, the kids will then have immunity without needing the vaccine. Wonderful! The Associated Press reported Martin's comments about people who are connecting in Facebook groups to buy and sell these lollipops or sometimes even just spit. In one Facebook post noted by the AP, for example, a Nashville woman reportedly offered a "fresh batch of pox in Nashville shipping of suckers, spit and Q-tips available tomorrow 50 dollars via PayPal." Martin stated that it is a federal crime to send diseases or viruses across state lines, and that perpetrators face up to 20 years in prison. Legalities aside, doctors say that the...

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