Swine Flu Parties: Will Your Toddler Attend?

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Swine flu party, anyone? R.S.V.P here.

I've heard of chicken pox parties, but my husband just told me that some people are having swine flu parties.

Parenting Web sites in the U.S. and Britain have been buzzing with the idea—some parents are considering bringing their kids to one of these parties in the hopes that they'll catch the disease now and build up their immunity.

Doctors say it's not a good idea. Yes, parents have been exposing their kids to playmates to chicken pox for years, but doctors say that's a different story because chickenpox is a one-time only disease.

The H1N1 virus, on the other hand, is an unknown, and experts say that actively encouraging its spread through swine flu parties could risk the health of those who are most vulnerable.

While swine flu symptoms aren't usually life threatening to those in good health, it can be deadly for children with other medical conditions.

Would you bring your kid to a swine flu party?

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