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Floogeldy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 09:42 PM
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Who here has that polio vaccine pock mark on their arm?
I do!!! :)

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WannaJumpMyScooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 09:43 PM
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1. Me too. My wife's looks like the ZigZag man
kind of.

when the light is right

and you are stoned.
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 09:44 PM
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2. Yep! Upper left arm.
:)
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 09:44 PM
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3. I thought the pock mark was for Smallpox
and the polio vaccine was an oral vaccine...
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Karenca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 09:46 PM
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5. Not for older folks
There was no oral vaccine back in those days.
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China_cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 04:39 AM
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37. No, but all the Salk vaccine was
was a shot. Is...still available.

The pock marking is from smallpox vaccine. Mine has faded until it can hardly be seen.

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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 09:47 PM
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7. I think you're right. Scar is from smallpox vaccine.
My kids had oral polio vaccine, but I'm not sure if it was oral when I was a kid.
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Karenca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 09:58 PM
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13. I think you're right.......I'm mistaken . eom
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1monster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 10:59 PM
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23. It was oral in the early sixties when I got it. I was five or six years
old, so it was 60 or 61.

I did have a scar from the small pox vac, but it has long since faded...
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yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 11:42 PM
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28. the scar is smallpox. Old Polio vaccine was in a regular old
syringe, just like tetanus shots. Smallpox was blue goo that was put on your arm (or in my case upper thigh) and then poked several times with a needle to allow it to seep into the skin. It made a scab and a scar if it took properly.

I have had two actually ..Once as a baby and again to travel to Europe when I was 10. BAck then you have to have a revacc everytime you left the US. I also had boosters on typhoid and tetanus and a new one for me: typhus which made me sick as hell.

Now they don't even give smallpox anymore. My baby sis had one though, I remember it.
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GirlinContempt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 09:47 PM
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8. No
polio is transmitted orally but the vaccine was traditionally a shot.
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 09:53 PM
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11. Then what liquid did my daughter have to drink when
she had her vaccinations as a small child? MMR was a shot. Polio had to be the liquid... I know I didn't dream it.
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GirlinContempt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 09:57 PM
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12. It's not that they never had
a liquid. In fact, according to wikipedia, the liquid came out only a few years after the shot. But it wasn't only orally. It was just an orally transmitted disease.
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Floogeldy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 09:59 PM
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14. I could be mistaken . . .
. . . but I think the liquid in the sugar cube replaced the polio vaccine shot.

It was something like that. :)

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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 10:04 PM
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17. Dude, that wasn't polio vaccine, it was acid!
:freak:
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Floogeldy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 10:10 PM
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18. Stop scaring me.
That "Chocolate Mescaline" pill I took in 1973 made my face melt while I shaved in front of the mirror.

:evilfrown:
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 10:14 PM
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19. Bummer dude.
Well that'll teach you to stop shaving then.
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WolverineDG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 08:03 AM
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41. relax
that's how I got my polio vaccine...in a sugar cube. :)

dg
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 09:48 PM
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9. Polio was a liquid for my daughter
Mine was probably a shot too. (I'm 45)
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DeposeTheBoyKing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 09:44 PM
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4. I took the sugar cube
But I have a mark from SOME vaccination. Maybe it's the tracking chip they inserted into my arm in 1969. I think El Dorado, Kansas was WAAAAYYY ahead of the curve.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 09:47 PM
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6. Those are from smallpox
Well, that and the alien breeding program's implantation of a tracking device and removal of a DNA sample. :tinfoilhat:

I don't have one, they quit giving them before I was born. My Dad's looks like somebody got his arm with a car cig lighter.
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MissMillie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 10:45 AM
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52. that's what I thought too
I have mine. I think they stopped giving them around '72 ish.
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MrScorpio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 09:49 PM
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10. Right here
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NNadir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 10:03 PM
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15. Damn if I can find the thing.
It must have been that all of those knife fights and gun battles in my youth cut or blew them away.
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Ptah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 10:04 PM
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16. I have a smallpox mark, the polio was oral. n/t
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 10:19 PM
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20. I do.
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reyd reid reed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 10:20 PM
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21. I've got it...
But it's faded...really hard to see now.

I thought it was for smallpox, though. Isn't polio the one they gave you in the sugar cube?

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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 10:56 PM
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22. me
yup
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benburch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 11:02 PM
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24. Me! But the pockmark is SMALLPOX.
Polio, even the non-oral kind, left no mark.
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txwhitedove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 11:06 PM
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25. No scar from the smallpox shot. Everyone else scarred so never
understood why I didn't.
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yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 11:46 PM
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29. supposedly if you don't scar, you have natural immunity
as the antibody reaction is part of what causes the immunization site to fester and look infected, which in fact is exactly the process. It is a little mini case of smallpox ..some of my friends had really ugly ones.

My mom's was on her thigh and actully was as large as an adult thumbprint, so she made the dr put all of ours on our thighs too. Mine is much smaller than hers but still there.
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 08:09 AM
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43. Our doctor did that automatically - girls had the shot in their thighs
so that the scar would be less noticeable. Mine is about the size of a quarter -- I had an intense reaction according to my mother.

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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 11:12 AM
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55. Interesting--I have one but you can barely see it
The nurse lectured me so strongly about not picking the scab, I thought I wiped out the mark because I HAD messed with it so much (c'mon, kid? scab? there's gonna be messing). LOL I thought I was SUPPOSED to have a mark and I had "done wrong" because I didn't. Natural immunity, you say? Cool.
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 11:08 PM
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26. I have the smallpox vaccine pock mark!
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 11:30 PM
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27. Hello? That's smallpox.
Edited on Sun Jul-30-06 11:36 PM by Blue_In_AK
I've got one, but it's on my shoulder under my bra strap. The doc put it there for cosmetic reasons, so it would be hidden.

I got the polio vaccine before it was approved for general distribution in shot form in 1952, I believe, because I was exposed when my aunt came down with the disease. We had been to visit her in Florida, she had flu symptoms when we left, and by the time we got home to Ohio, we learned that she was in the hospital not expected to live through the night. I remember my folks rushing us to the doctor in the middle of the night and getting the shot, which was still experimental. Guess it worked, because none of us got sick. My aunt made what the doctors called "a miraculous recovery" and was home within two weeks with no lasting effects. We all dodged a bullet on that one.
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pink-o Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 11:46 PM
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30. I too got the sugarcube polio vaccine
In the early 60s. But I have a puckered scar under my left arm which I always thought was from a TB vaccine. Reading everyone else's posts, I bet it's smallpox after all.

Weren't we told in the paranoid beginning of this decade that this very same vaccine is expired and if the axis of evil ever got hold of the virus again we'd all be toast???
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 11:49 PM
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31. Have a smallpox vaccine scar on my arm
Edited on Sun Jul-30-06 11:58 PM by Whoa_Nelly
Took polio vaccine by eating it on a sugar cube back in the early '60s, (at Nichols Hills Elementary School.) It was so good, got back in line twice :rofl:
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mykpart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 01:09 AM
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32. I have the pockmark from the Smallpox vaccination,
and also received 3 injections of Salk vaccine for Polio. No scars, though. That was when I was in 1st grade, and they came to the school to innoculate everyone. Then in 9th grade I also got the oral polio vaccine (on a sugar cube).
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auntAgonist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 01:14 AM
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33. I have the smallpox vaccine mark .. upper left arm. n/t
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 01:16 AM
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34. it's a smallpox vaccine scar-- yes, I have one....
Polio vaccine is oral.
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madeline_con Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 02:41 AM
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35. That's smallpox. Polio vaccine is oral. n/t
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Control-Z Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 03:57 AM
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36. My pediatrician vaccinated
girls on the back of their shoulder instead of on their arm. He was a wise doc for the times. I think maybe he had daughters. The location and the tautness of the skin there left the scar almost invisible. I do have one, though.
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 04:45 AM
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38. I do.

:hi:






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wildhorses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 07:45 AM
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39. I have a scar on my upper left arm, seems like it was a bunch
of vaccines in one :shrug:
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WolverineDG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 08:01 AM
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40. Thought that was small pox
They used to do yearly checks of our arms to make sure we'd had the vaccination. Problem? Mom made sure we got the shots that you could get on your back so my brother & I don't have a scar on our arms. We always had to go to the nurse's office & take off our shirts so she could see the scars & document them.

dg
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Katina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 08:07 AM
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42. I have two
Edited on Mon Jul-31-06 08:08 AM by Katina
When I was going to college, they repeated the vacination, but it was for small pox, not Polio.
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schmuls Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 08:50 AM
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44. I do. I forget all about it until I see someone with one, and then
I remember mine!
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 08:52 AM
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45. I never scarred, but you used to have to be able to show proof
to enter the US. Somewhere I have the little blue card proving I was vaccinated before a trip to Ireland back in the 70's. I remember one of Grandma's friend wanted her vaccine up high on her thigh. Her doctor asked what she planned to do at Customs if they asked to see her scar. She got her vaccine on the arm.
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calico1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 09:01 AM
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46. Its for smallpox and I still have it.
I think it was stopped sometime in the 70's but not sure exactly what year.
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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 09:03 AM
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47. Mine was from smallpox vaccine...
Actually, I haven't looked recently. But it's probaby still there.

I got my first polio shot the summer before entering first grade. They bussed all the kids in the community to a school for the event--probably just when the vaccine was released for general use. (Was my early fear of "shots" just kid stuff--or were the syringes of that day bigger & stronger so they could withstand autoclaving?)

I also took the oral vaccine later.

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livetohike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 10:04 AM
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48. Small pox scar - I remember getting the vaccination
and I remember falling off my bike. The scab ripped and bled and my Mom took me back to the doctor to have it checked out. I remember all of that.
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NewWaveChick1981 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 10:29 AM
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49. I do! However, it's pretty faded, so you have to look really
hard to see it. :)
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AzDar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 10:34 AM
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50. delete.
Edited on Mon Jul-31-06 10:36 AM by AzDar
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Avalux Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 10:36 AM
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51. Smallpox vaccine -
bifurcated needle dipped in vaccine; lots of short stabbing strokes to that drew blood. That's why the funky scar. I got my UNDER my arm, cause my mom didn't want it to be visible on top. Thanks Mom!
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Dervill Crow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 10:59 AM
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53. I do, but it was from the smallpox vaccine.
I still remember that it REALLY hurt when I got it.
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 11:10 AM
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54. i do but from small pox
Edited on Mon Jul-31-06 11:10 AM by lionesspriyanka
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BluePatriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 12:34 PM
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56. I know my dad does (nt)
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 01:13 PM
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57. The old polio vaccine didn't leave a scar as it was given as a dead virus
Edited on Mon Jul-31-06 01:13 PM by Whoa_Nelly
The smallpox vaccine leaves a scar because it's given as a live virus.

However, I seem to remember that back in the late '40s to early '50s, when the Salk vaccine was first in trials, the vaccine was given as a live virus. There were many problems with this. The first inoculations were given in 1955.

Read all about it here:
http://tinyurl.com/mbe7n

And it was in the early '60s that there was a drive to inoculate all Americans by holding polio vaccine clinics at local schools and churches, and adminsitering it via a drop on a sugar cube.
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mtnester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 01:19 PM
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58. Left arm, dead center of upper arm
Funny how everyone's scar is different. Mine is a little puffy moon shape.

My hubby's is damn near in the middle of his back...same side

If our parents would have read the literature on HALF DOSE smallpox that is out today, they would have NEVER let us get the vaccine. NEVER.
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Blue Diadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 01:34 PM
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59. Do you mean smallpox scar?
I have one about the size of a dime. My parents had them too. Dad's was about the size of a quarter. My Mom's was a huge double one that covered a large area of her upper arm. Seems I remember her saying the first one "didn't take" and she had to be vaccinated again.

Does anyone know when they stopped giving them? I know my children never received it..and the oldest was born in 74.



This link talks about the reaction area.

snip:
Vaccination site reactions are classified into two categories, major reactions and equivocal reactions. A major reaction indicates a successful vaccination, and is characterized by a pustular lesion or an area of definite induration or congestion surrounding a central lesion, which might be a scab or an ulcer.

www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/smallpox/vaccination/statusprocedu...
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schmuls Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 01:43 PM
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60. Does anyone recall the booster shots that needed to be taken
afterward? My younger brother and myself had a major reaction to the shot, our arms swelled up to twice their size, incredibly red and painful, for at least a week!
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 11:00 PM
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61. Me.
Smallpox.
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grannylib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 11:01 PM
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62. It's faded a lot but it's there
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 11:07 PM
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63. I have mine for more decades than I care to admit
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smtpgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 11:15 PM
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64. it's on my left arm
too bad I'm left-handed
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Floogeldy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-01-06 01:35 AM
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65. Is that scar left from the polio vaccine or the chicken pox vaccine?
I'm confused.
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Der Blaue Engel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-01-06 02:12 AM
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66. I'm the only person I know who has one on the back of their shoulder
My older sisters both have the upper arm scar, but mine was different for some reason. I've always been glad of that, because it's much less visible.
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