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(Wikipedia)   Speaking of vaccinations, Subby remembers a mass vaccination event somewhere in the late 1960s. Does anyone else remember being a wee 5 year old and having a nurse in starched whites jabbing you with some kind of injection gun?   (en.wikipedia.org) divider line
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2021-07-23 6:25:51 PM  
Smallpox
 
2021-07-23 6:29:04 PM  
I think I got at least half a dozen vaccines in Elementary School in the sixties.
 
2021-07-23 6:30:14 PM  
Born in 63. I remover polio, smallpox and something else. Polio vaccination method left a funny scar on my arm that lots of people my age have. Honestly, there might have been more.
 
2021-07-23 6:31:18 PM  
I remember it. I wasn't paying attention to the medical details at the time, as I was just an eight year old gawking at some big old nasty medicine gun.

Wonder why they don't use those anymore?
 
2021-07-23 6:32:34 PM  
Yes, and we were happy for it.
2 sugar cubes and the the later jabs.

How did I ever survive??
 
2021-07-23 6:34:15 PM  
There was swine flu in the early 70s that had mass vaccinations
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2021-07-23 6:44:10 PM  

physt: Born in 63. I remover polio, smallpox and something else. Polio vaccination method left a funny scar on my arm that lots of people my age have. Honestly, there might have been more.


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Smallpox left a scar like this. The polio I got was oral. Liquid on a sugar cube.
 
2021-07-23 6:50:37 PM  
I got a shot and a pink colored vaccine on a sugar cube (seperate times) in elemenary school in the 60s, fark if I know what they were and my parents were not the least bit concerned about what the school was poking me with. My mom doesn't even remember us getting shots at school.
 
2021-07-23 6:55:29 PM  

IgG4: There was swine flu in the early 70s that had mass vaccinations[upload.wikimedia.org image 850x640]


Yeah, I got that, complete with that farking injection gun, in the military. If you twitched your arm at just the wrong moment, you got sliced. Also got vaxxed for smallpox and polio when the original polio vaccine came out. To this day, I still remember how happy my mother was to see me get vaxxed against polio. She was a nurse, and had seen it up close and personal.

And for those of you who are upset about reactions to the COVID shots, get vaccinated for smallpox and find out what a vaccine reaction can really be like.
 
2021-07-23 6:57:28 PM  

Candygram4Mongo: Wonder why they don't use those anymore?


They really didn't work all that well, and could spread other infections between recipients.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_inj​e​ctor
 
2021-07-23 7:03:07 PM  
Polio's gonna be back too.

Hope Bin Laden was worth the future suffering.
 
2021-07-23 7:24:46 PM  

Devolving_Spud: Candygram4Mongo: Wonder why they don't use those anymore?

They really didn't work all that well, and could spread other infections between recipients.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_inje​ctor


Yup
Not everything from Star Trek works out.
 
2021-07-23 7:27:05 PM  
Sabin Oral Sunday.

Early 60's though, not late.
 
2021-07-23 7:28:15 PM  
But if you remember an injection, it would have been Salk instead of Sabin.

/or something other than polio altogether.
 
2021-07-23 7:29:34 PM  
I got the sugar cube

/Made me sicker than a dog
 
2021-07-23 7:30:25 PM  
And contemplate where we've come as a society when the polio vaccines were named after people and the covid vaccines are named after giant corporations.
 
2021-07-23 7:43:40 PM  

Sliding Carp: But if you remember an injection, it would have been Salk instead of Sabin.

/or something other than polio altogether.


Salk was only given for six months, just for a time frame of reference.
 
2021-07-23 7:44:43 PM  
not a boomer so no but I remember my parents having a scar on their upper arm the size of a penny.
 
2021-07-23 7:55:19 PM  
Yes. It worked real good.
 
2021-07-23 8:05:11 PM  
I had them all as a kid of a career military squid being towed from state to state and overseas during the 50s & 60s.

Rubella shot hurt like hell.
 
2021-07-23 8:06:12 PM  
I remember lining up for the sugar cube. I also remember getting the smallpox vaccine, which wasn't a jab so much as a skin tenderizer, but I have no scar from it whatsoever.
 
2021-07-23 8:10:49 PM  

common sense is an oxymoron: I remember lining up for the sugar cube. I also remember getting the smallpox vaccine, which wasn't a jab so much as a skin tenderizer, but I have no scar from it whatsoever.


I didn't know it was the smallpox vacine but I remember the skin tenderizer part, didn't it leave a skin bubble like a mosquito bite?
 
2021-07-23 8:19:56 PM  
See this antique multi-scrape device?
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My Great Grandmother had a smallpox vaccination scar from one of those.
 
2021-07-23 8:27:23 PM  
My grandmothers had a scar on their upper arms. When I asked my mother where hers was, she told me they had switched to the upper thigh at some point so as not to have the scar show with sleeveless dresses.

I have no scar at all. I do remember the sugar cubes.
 
2021-07-23 8:27:50 PM  

Cafe Threads: My grandmothers had a scar on their upper arms. When I asked my mother where hers was, she told me they had switched to the upper thigh at some point so as not to have the scar show with sleeveless dresses.

I have no scar at all. I do remember the sugar cubes.


Oh - I was born in 1960.
 
2021-07-23 8:56:59 PM  

Cafe Threads: scar on their upper arms


I remember CLEARLY going to the doctor and getting the upper arm vaccination.  It hurt like hell and I screamed bloody murder.  I think that's why I have a lifelong fear/hate of needles.  It probably also added to my trust issues with authority figures.

I can barely make out the scar now.  A middle-age mole has taken up residence on one side of it, so it's camouflaged as well as faded.
 
2021-07-23 9:12:36 PM  
I remember get various shots throughout elementary and high school in the 60s and 70s. I don't think they were all mandatory, but they were free, so very few people were stupid enough to turn them down.
 
2021-07-23 9:28:25 PM  
Smallpox, MMR, and a sweet pink liquid for polio
 
2021-07-23 9:33:29 PM  
Smallpox in the 40s, Salk polio jabs in the late 50s, Sabin polio sugar cubes after 1961.
Not to mention tetanus and hepatitis vaccines at regular intervals in adult life. Also DPT and whooping cough as a kid. Maybe Asian flu ~1958. You should Wiki that.

I have a nice scar from the smallpox vaccine. It has moved from my baby shoulder to under the adult bicep.
 
2021-07-23 9:34:25 PM  
Upper left arm scar from I think '72 or '73.
Was in 1st grade ish.
Barely visible.
 
2021-07-23 9:43:59 PM  
Yeah, I got that, complete with that farking injection gun, in the military. If you twitched your arm at just the wrong moment, you got sliced.

The gauntlet. 3 or 4 guys with the guns on your left, 3 or 4 guys on your right. Everyone was bleeding like pigs. Pretty funny.
 
2021-07-23 9:46:01 PM  
I remember no public shots between the Salk polio vaccine and the Swine Flu vaccine in 74.
 
2021-07-23 10:06:17 PM  
(damns youse guys is old). :-)

/'78
 
2021-07-23 10:22:54 PM  
There was a vaccination effort to try to stop the Great Cooties Outbreak of 1969. Maybe that is what subby is remembering.
 
2021-07-23 10:47:23 PM  

Candygram4Mongo: I remember it. I wasn't paying attention to the medical details at the time, as I was just an eight year old gawking at some big old nasty medicine gun.

Wonder why they don't use those anymore?


Last time I saw one of those, it left the injectee was left paralyzed in both arms.  (in 60 seconds from one shot in one arm, with nothing else affected)

Luckily her trigger finger still worked, and she had a 7 3/4 year old girl handy to help assist with taping her weapons to her hands., so she was able to kick three gangster's asses

/of course she had softened them up some in a previous scene
 
2021-07-23 11:06:15 PM  

IgG4: There was swine flu in the early 70s that had mass vaccinations[upload.wikimedia.org image 850x640]


That's what I was coming to post.  Born in 1969, remember it being 1976, but I think it was really during the Ford administration so perhaps 1975.  I don't think I got one, but was there when my parents did (in the "other" elementary school).

/the other Elementary school closed down
//and combined with my old one
///I think some neighbors became teachers there (my parents played bridge with them)
 
2021-07-24 12:06:57 AM  
I remember being vaccinated at school.
It was likely for the 1968 "Hong Kong" flu.

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-reso​u​rces/1968-pandemic.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Ko​n​g_flu
 
2021-07-24 12:26:10 AM  

IgG4: There was swine flu in the early 70s that had mass vaccinations[upload.wikimedia.org image 850x640]


That picture is a reminder of how amazing film was. It took so long for digital photography to rival it. And cellphones never will.
 
2021-07-24 1:14:42 AM  
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2021-07-24 1:45:56 AM  

Fingerware Error: physt: Born in 63. I remover polio, smallpox and something else. Polio vaccination method left a funny scar on my arm that lots of people my age have. Honestly, there might have been more.

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Smallpox left a scar like this. The polio I got was oral. Liquid on a sugar cube.


I never got that scar, most of my friends have it. My wife and her sister have it.
 
2021-07-24 5:31:44 AM  

iToad: IgG4: There was swine flu in the early 70s that had mass vaccinations[upload.wikimedia.org image 850x640]

Yeah, I got that, complete with that farking injection gun, in the military. If you twitched your arm at just the wrong moment, you got sliced. Also got vaxxed for smallpox and polio when the original polio vaccine came out. To this day, I still remember how happy my mother was to see me get vaxxed against polio. She was a nurse, and had seen it up close and personal.

And for those of you who are upset about reactions to the COVID shots, get vaccinated for smallpox and find out what a vaccine reaction can really be like.


As I remember, it involved getting a *mild" case of smallpox.

That week of basic training was a wipeout...
 
2021-07-24 6:30:16 AM  
I read a fiction book about a woman who had traveled back in time to about the 1700s and she recognized another traveler because she had the smallpox vaccine scar.
I remember mine being done with a stamp thingy that that doc had on his thumb and pressed into my upper arm. Where it crusted over and then just a scar, back then we all had them, little circles.
 
2021-07-24 6:44:18 AM  
the weird skin scar is how I know you're one of us. I keep my eye open. move along, nothing to see here.
 
2021-07-24 6:48:38 AM  

drewogatory: Yeah, I got that, complete with that farking injection gun, in the military. If you twitched your arm at just the wrong moment, you got sliced.

The gauntlet. 3 or 4 guys with the guns on your left, 3 or 4 guys on your right. Everyone was bleeding like pigs. Pretty funny.


Been there, done that, but I don't remember anyone bleeding.  They warned us not to move.
 
2021-07-24 7:06:54 AM  
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2021-07-24 7:10:42 AM  

dittybopper: drewogatory: Yeah, I got that, complete with that farking injection gun, in the military. If you twitched your arm at just the wrong moment, you got sliced.

The gauntlet. 3 or 4 guys with the guns on your left, 3 or 4 guys on your right. Everyone was bleeding like pigs. Pretty funny.

Been there, done that, but I don't remember anyone bleeding.  They warned us not to move.


Now that I think about it, I think everyone was putting up a brave face.  No one wanted to look like a pussy.  You're going into the Army, by definition you think you're tough already.  And even if you aren't tough, you don't want your fellow soldiers to know that.
 
2021-07-24 8:36:53 AM  
I remember getting the polio vax. It was a Big Deal and my mom was very excited about it that we could finally get it. We went to the gym in the Big School (I was not in school yet) and waited in line. The vax was a Red dot on a sugar cube and I remember being excited to be allowed to eat a sugar cube. Must have been the Sabin live attenuated vax.  I don't remember getting the smallpox vax, but I did.
 
2021-07-24 9:46:42 AM  
While I don't recall actually getting my smallpox vaccination, I do recall comparing scars in first grade on the playground. So it had already healed for a couple years.

In second grade I went to Egypt with my father, and I had to get several more vaccinations for that. Several jabs all at the same time, in the butt, but I recall no ill effects except for the discomfort of the shots themselves. They weren't quick like when I got my Covid shots.

But I've noticed folks on Facebook referring to the "experimental injection" and how they will never, ever get it.
 
2021-07-24 10:26:49 AM  
Vintage '68, I have The Scar.

(Mine and my sister's are on the underside of the bicep rather than shoulder, which I haven't seen on anyone else.)
 
2021-07-24 10:49:49 AM  
As far as I know of, I received all my vaccines in the 1970's. My grandmother, an LPN, would take the five of us. Usually, one or  both of our mothers would go along. (Don't ask.) My  grandmother always insisted that shots didn't hurt at all; not even a little bit. If anyone of us spoke up to say "last time my shots hurt," she would then insist that wasn't true and, in fact, shots couldn't even be felt. Something about that absolute denial of reality made me fear shots way more. One of my siblings (who reacted the same way) and I used to fight like hell, run down the hall, try to  make it to the parking lot, and so on. The doctor would have to call in extra people to hold the two  of us down.

Afterwards, our grandmother would take us out for lunch at a Big Boy. We'd all eat lunch and she would buy us each a brownie topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream that had Hershey's chocolate syrup on it. As we pulled into the parking lot, she would threaten not to buy sibling number two and I a brownie sundae because we hadn't behaved. She always bought us one anyway while stating "But you don't deserve it because of the way you behaved."

Convinced that her insistence that shots couldn't even be felt and certainly didn't hurt at all drove our fear, I made sure that the S.O. and told our kids that shots hurt, but it was okay because the hurt would stop and the shot would protect them from suffering a much worse hurt or illness. Maybe it's just coincidence, but both my kids were always cooperative with vaccinations.
 
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