Many parents are concerned about the potential risk of the virus to their children.
“It’s an ongoing conversation that I’m still trying to figure out,” Dr. Jeffrey Kornell, a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, told Fox News.
He is not a member of the Vaccine Alliance, the coalition that advocates for the vaccination of Americans.
“The thing is, it’s really a small group of people,” he said.
“We don’t know who’s doing this.”
“Chickens” are the term given to all strains of the avian coronavirus.
Dr. Kornells is among the advocates who say that the risk of getting the disease from chickens should be considered when determining whether or not a child should be vaccinated.
“There’s a lot of fear of it happening in chickens,” he told Fox.
“So what we’re doing is, we’re trying to make sure we get the best vaccines for the chicken, and we’re not trying to over-vaccinate.”
Dr. Rolf Pohl, director of the Center for Human Vaccines at the University of California, Davis, told NPR that he believes that the vaccine may have some benefit in the long run, but that “the risks are still too great.”
“It was really only when they got into the chicken farms that the concerns really began,” he explained.
“And then the risk really increased and it was just very hard to get vaccinated.”
“Chickenpox is a rare disease, and it’s very, very, rare in the United States.
The only known case of chickenpox in the U.S. was in 1957 in a California farm worker, and that was when they had no vaccine for chickenpox.
So, that’s about as far back as we have data.”
Pohls research has shown that chickens are at risk for the disease, especially if they eat raw or undercooked meat.
“A chicken that’s had a chickenpox infection is three to five times more likely to contract the disease,” he wrote.
“That’s what we know from the literature.”
Pohl has said that, even though chickenpox has been found in chickens in the past, there’s no proof that the virus has been transmitted from chickens to humans.
The CDC has said it’s not aware of any cases of human infection with the virus in humans, and Pohl told Fox that “people who are allergic to poultry should not eat it.”
“There is no credible evidence that human exposure to chickenpox occurs in the USA,” Pohlf said.
Pohl said that if a human were to get chickenpox, “I think they’d probably be a little freaked out, and they’d be worried about the possibility of a disease spreading.”
“But then you have to realize that we’re living in a world where we’re at the beginning of the human population,” he added.
“People are at a crossroads in their lives, and there are so many people who are going to be able to make some kind of contribution.”
“So, I think the answer is, you know, you don’t want to do something like that because, if you do, it will be very hard for the public to come around to the idea of it being something we need to do,” Pohl concluded.
“I don’t think it’s something that should be taken lightly.
And I think it can be done safely, and people who really care about the safety of their children should make sure they’re vaccinated.”
Fox News’ John Roberts and The Associated Press contributed to this report.