Originally Posted by skilletlicker
I know I had measles, mumps, and chicken pox in the 50s. When a cousin or a close neighbors kids got infected a party would be arranged for all the kids that never had whatever to play and get infected. Made sense at the time because those things are more dangerous the older you get. When my kids came along in the 70s vaccinations had been developed which is a very good thing imho and vaccination rates should be much higher than they are now.
But either way, every kid should eat their peck of dirt.
I don't remember knowing anybody as a kid with wheat or peanut allergies either.
If anybody disagrees, they are welcome to it. I won't argue the point. Too old to care really.
When I went to school and the same for my kids, they served peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the cafeteria. I don't think I have ever met any kid with a food allergy. Not until I and my kids were all grown.
I remember when mumps broke out in our neighborhood, all the boys would go to the sick kid that had them and hoping they all would catch it. They just didn't understand why we wanted them to have the mumps then.
Unfortunately we had a very serious measles outbreak in our state in the early 60's. It was so bad that the state health department quarantined some towns. And down the street from my house two children in one family died from the measles. The outbreak was so bad that the headlines every day published how many new cases and new deaths.
I get so angry when I hear a parent say, "I don't believe in those immunizations. None of my kids have had them. And they are not going to"