Hey, mom, may I go to that chicken pox party? And is it all right for a disabled person to get around by golf cart?

What's this about parents intentionally exposing their children to an illness, and hoping the kids will get sick?

We're talking about chicken pox parties. But, some doctors say, it's not a good idea.

"I think these parties now are totally outdated. The vaccine is safe, it's effective, and I really feel that parents should vaccinate their children rather than exposing their children to the illness and potential complications from the illness," says pediatrician Dr. Alanna Levine.

The parties started before the chicken pox vaccine was invented, but they're still popular. Parents feel natural exposure is better than giving a child the vaccine.

But, sometimes, the premise doesn't work. That's because chicken pox is most contagious before the rash appears.

Do you think it's a good idea? Parents, would you take your child to a chicken pox party or are you in favor of the vaccine?

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Also in Hot Talk, a paralyzed man in Colorado might lose his only means of transport. The local sheriff's office says the golf cart he uses to get around his neighborhood just isn't safe.

Victor Barela was injured by a drunk driver when he was 2 years old. Neighbors got him the golf cart because there are no sidewalks in his town, and his wheelchair kept getting stuck in the snow.

Barela was ticketed for driving in the street and has a court date later this month. The sheriff's office says the cart is a safety hazard and it's not safe for either Barela or other road users.

But, deputies are hoping someone will donate an all-terrain motorized chair.

What do you think?

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