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Minnesota Medical Association issues advisory on chickenpox parties

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WILLMAR -- The Minnesota Medical Association issued a strongly worded statement this week about "chickenpox parties," or playdates organized by parents to purposely expose their children to chickenpox in hopes of acquiring "natural" immunity by getting the disease.

The so-called chickenpox parties put kids at risk and increase the risk of spreading the disease to other vulnerable people, the MMA said in a statement issued late Thursday.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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