Doctors say Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is wrong about ‘chickenpox on purpose’

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By Shamard Charles, M.D.

Chickenpox parties were once a popular way for parents to expose their children to the virus so they would get sick, recover and build up immunity to the disease. Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin stirred up controversy this week when he told a radio show host that he exposed all nine of his children to a neighbor who was sick with the virus.

“Every single one of my kids got the chickenpox. They got the chickenpox on purpose,” Bevin said in an interview with WKCT, a talk radio station in Bowling Green, Kentucky. “We found a neighbor that had it, and I went and made sure every one of them got it. They were miserable for a few days and they all turned out fine.”