Anti-Vaxxer Sells Lollipops Infected With Chickenpox
Police are investigating a woman who tried to sell lollipops infected with her son's chickenpox.
The woman claimed she wanted to help the anti-vaxxer community, by sending people lollipops infected with her son's chickenpox. She wrote her offer on an anti-vaccination page before Halloween, saying she was selling the infected lollipops for 1$.
Her name on social media ends with RN, which stands for Registered Nurse, and according to her profile, she works as a staff nurse at the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane, Australia. This hospital is actually in Melbourne, and the only children's hospital in Brisbane is called the Queensland Children's Hospital. A spokesperson for the Queensland Health, which oversees the staffing at all of the state's hospitals, says this woman was not and has never been a nurse.
Here's what they said:
"There are no current or former employees by that name that have worked for Queensland Health as a registered nurse.
This is a serious issue and has been referred to police, who are investigating."
The woman shared a picture of the lollipops, saying her 'beautiful son' has chickenpox so they'd decided to 'help others with this natural immunity'. She doesn't mention what exactly she'd done to the sweets, but she referred to opening the package and wrote 'can't wait to help others in our community', suggesting the lollipops had been contaminated in some way. Then, she offers to sell the candy for $1, plus postage.
The post gained attention after being shared by Light For Riley, a page stressing the importance of vaccination created by the parents of Riley Hughes, who lost their son to whooping cough.
Queensland Health has stated the risk of chickenpox transmission from the lollipops would be extremely low. However, this woman's post is still being branded as irresponsible. Even though she was criticized, the woman stands by her original post, writing:
"Dear internet trolls.
You think you're right by judging me and my trying to report me and get me fired. I don't care. The health and wellbeing of my baby is far more valuable than any job.
You say I'm vile and gross like I have done something that hundreds of thousands of parents haven't already done.
How many times do you see children dropped off to daycare or school when they're clearly sick and contagious? Exactly!
And I'm offering life long immunity for the price of a couple of blisters and a few days off school."
A spokesperson for Queensland Police has confirmed the woman is being investigated.