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    (adjusting my teeth and leaning foreward on my cane).

    You needed proof you'd gotten certain vaccinations before you could be admitted to school. Big Gummint Interference? You bet your ass! It was common sense back then (1950s). Pertusses, smallpox, scarlet fever, etc had killed millions of people regularly for centuries. People had been dreading the summer months, when the polio virus could decimate entire small towns, for decades. So I still have a funny little circular scar on my right arm.

    But then several things happened. #1 the diseases that vaccines were designed to prevent faded into distant memory (I've actually talked to people who asked me what polio is). #2 the whole Vietnam era and military vaccination programs. The barrage of shots were never explained, you had no choice in the matter of what they were shooting you up with, and many had bad side-effects from one or more of them.

    Then came #3. IIRC, it was the spark that really got the the anti-vac crusaders going. Swine Flu, it's accompanying vaccine, and the massive PR campaign to get people in line for it. It became the punchline of a joke - name a cure for which there was no disease.

    So now too many see vaccines as cures for diseases they think have been obliterated, or from which we're in no real danger, or that flat out don't exist. And they see "conditions and syndromes" that they think never existed before and they need something to pin it on.

    I can see both sides to a degree. Maybe we do have some problems with current vaccines. We're talking Big Pharma after all - not altogether the most trustworthy people on the planet.

    But those "old time" diseases are far from gone forever. They still exist in other parts of the world, and recent health news shows they can migrate here with very little trouble.

    I've recently been seeing another ominous side too. I've read where those vaccines I took so long ago may be wearing out. I might be suseptable to polio again. I was vaccinated for whooping cough before entering school just like everybody else. But a few years back I had a very real case of it that lasted five weeks. I thought I was going to hock up my intestines. My ribs were sore for a month after. I didn't even know what it was until several months after I recovered and I read an article about a mini-pandemic. And I wondered - how the hell did I manage to get that? I was vaccinated!

    We need to have a serious public conversation in this country and bring trust and common sense back into the equation.

    Meddle not in the affairs of dragons... for thou art crunchy and good with ketchup.

    by Pariah Dog on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 08:56:51 AM PDT

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