Undertoad Tuesday Jan 21 12:57 PM
1/21/2003: Normal smallpox vaccination
Undertoad Tuesday Jan 21 01:01 PM
Hey, BTW, a quick pointer to IotD folks who may not know about other Cellar areas. If you like the IotD you may also like some of the images in the Cellar's Quality Images section as well. Sometimes stuff doesn't make the IotD, and sometimes people want to post their own images, and those things will wind up in this other area.
russotto Tuesday Jan 21 01:30 PM
Re: 1/21/2003: Normal smallpox vaccination
Elspode Tuesday Jan 21 01:58 PM
People who are pushing 50 (like me, for example) can remember when they got their polio vaccinations, I'll bet. For us, oral vaccines for polio had not yet been invented, and the process at the time involved being stuck multiple times with a needle over a dime to quarter-sized area of the upper outside bicep, just below the shoulder. It must have been semi-traumatic, because I got mine at age 4 or thereabouts, and I remember the experience pretty clearly.
joecacti Tuesday Jan 21 04:36 PM
i had not yet stumbled uppon the quality images section... good game!
Slithy_Tove Wednesday Jan 22 12:10 AM
It may seem antiquated, but I don't see any other way it could be. The smallpox vaccine is a 'live virus' vaccine, that contains a weakened form of the disease. So is the measles/mumps/rubella vaccine, and the oral polio vaccine. All of these work by producing a minor infection, and stimulating the body's immune system so that it will be able to throw off a real infection with the full-strength bug if you are ever exposed to it. Kids who get the MMR vaccine commonly have mild fevers as a result of the infection with the weakened virus. People who got the smallpox vaccination get a single 'pock', instead of pox over their whole body. Again, it's a minor form of the disease.
The picture may be ugly, but the vaccine works well. Smallpox was the first disease humans were ever able to eradicate completely from the face of the earth. Not a small achievement. I wear my smallpox scar proudly.
I hope it stays eradicated.
quzah Wednesday Jan 22 02:41 AM
...Unless the government thinks we aren't behind the "War Against Terrorism" enough, in which case, they'll pull out a jar and sprinkle it on some mail and say "Oooh, look at the evil people! Let's go bomb them!".
Meanwhile, Carnivore tags my post and the black vans come to pick me up...
CharlieG Wednesday Jan 22 10:00 AM
BTW Cowpox is where the term vaccination comes from - and technically, the ONLY vaccination is for smallpox - the rest are immunizations - Look up the latin root for cow
Main Entry: vac∑cine
Pronunciation: vak-'sEn, 'vak-"
Etymology: French vaccin, from vaccine cowpox, from New Latin vaccina (in variolae vaccinae cowpox), from Latin, feminine of vaccinus, adjective, of or from cows, from vacca cow; akin to Sanskrit vasa cow
Elspode Wednesday Jan 22 10:21 AM
This what I *really* like about The Cellar...lots of intelligent people with lots of interesting info. I also appreciate being corrected without either being told I'm an idiot or condescended to...such a difference from most other online sites I've frequented.
Katkeeper Wednesday Jan 22 11:01 AM
All this talk about smallpox vaccination scars led me to check my own from a far distant decade. In those days, girls were vaccinated on the thigh so that they would not have a disfiguring mark on the arm. So I looked for my scar. I couldn't find it! See what you guys have to look forward to?
chrisinhouston Sunday Jan 26 09:25 AM
When I was a child, my grandmother who had grown up in China from the 1890's-1920's used to tell us to eat every grain of rice on our dinner plates or for each grain left we would have a "madza" on our face. I didn't find out till I was older that "madza" is the Chinese term for the mark of small pox.
99 44/100% pure Sunday Jan 26 11:43 AM
My co-worker's Chinese parents told him that each grain of rice left over foretold a pockmark on his future spouse's face. Perhaps they felt that the fear of having to look at the pox was a greater motivator than the fear of having them on one's own face.
gastronomo Saturday Apr 5 08:36 PM
""Thus, even those who received the recommended single-dose vaccination as children do not have lifelong immunity"
But they still do vaccinate in Taiwan, why is that?
xoxoxoBruce Saturday Apr 5 10:20 PM
Wecome to the Cellar, gastronomo.
Sundae Sunday Apr 6 01:57 PM
I have a big "pock" on my arm from some kinda vaccination. I'll take a picture of it when I can figure out a good angle to show it off.
dar512 Monday Apr 7 11:03 AM
I love it when newbies come in and bump up these old threads. Always something interesting.
Gravdigr Monday Apr 7 04:10 PM
xoxoxoBruce Monday Apr 7 10:47 PM
Yeah, that way the dope your snorting off their naked body doesn't fall off.
lushchocolateswirl Friday Apr 11 05:01 PM
I can see the TB vaccination doing that . But the small pox inocculation shouln't leave a mark like that. I have both the TB and small pox mark on my arm.
DanaC Friday Apr 11 08:21 PM