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The Famous Druid

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Icon 1 posted October 26, 2009 07:40      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The last naturally-occurring case of Smallpox was diagnosed.

Smallpox killed an estimated 500 million people in the 20th Century, its eradication is one of the greatest achievements of Science.

Today, I shall wear my vaccination scar with pride.

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Icon 1 posted October 26, 2009 08:26      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
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____ Thats about when my EX met her lover, strange happening that year.

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I have my scar, I was one of the last recipients

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Xanthine

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Icon 1 posted October 26, 2009 15:12      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I don't have a scar. I'm too young. I think my husband does. I'll have to look. He was closing in on two when there was an outbreak in Belgrade. He doesn't remember it, of course, but his mother was pregnant with his sister at the time and because she was not vaccinated and couldn't be vaccinated, she wasn't allowed to leave the house during the time of martial law and quarantine.

I remember my parents showed me their scars once and told me what they were and why I'd never have one. It's a pretty incredible thing, really, that mankind was able to just remove one of its greatest scourges from the world.

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originally posted by Xanthine: It's a pretty incredible thing, really, that mankind was able to just remove one of its greatest scourges from the world

True. ...and, maybe, if malaria killed hundreds of thousands of white westerners every year we'ed have got rid of that by now as well.... [ohwell]

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The Famous Druid

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quote:
Originally posted by Grummash:
maybe, if malaria killed hundreds of thousands of white westerners every year we'ed have got rid of that by now as well.... [ohwell]

I think you're being a little unkind there Grummy.

By the time the WHO eradication program got going, very few white westerners were getting smallpox, as we were already vaccinated. The WHO programme was designed to save lives in poor countries, and it worked spectacularly well.

btw - it's difficult to see how a for-profit health-care 'industry' could have done it, chalk up one big win for evil socialized medicine.

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TFD - my comment was not intended as a dig at the WHO in any way - their achievements are marvellous. It was more of a comment about the levels of apathy and lack of perspective in the west. For example, a couple of hundred British deaths is enough to keep Swine Flu in the news for months, even when Seasonal Flu will kill several thousand Brits this winter. Similarly, western news will report on famine and war in the developing world whilst ignoring what could be done to combat disease. Maybe the WHO should publicise its work more??

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Icon 3 posted October 27, 2009 07:22      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I have a scar.

(Q. Why did they have to use that big scar-making gun thing to vaccinate me? Couldn't they just give me a needle? Now I'll never be in shirtless movies. ) [Frown] [Big Grin]

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That's just how the smallpox vaccine is done Snaggy. Jenner's method worked so well no one bothered with doing much to improve it.

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I was born in 1966, wonder why I didn't get one.
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____ Bibo, with your birth date unless your parents took you out of North America you would not have had a chance of getting infected. While I was in the Service one of the other Hospital Corpsmen ran the 'Shot Clinic" he had all of the Currant rules for Exiting and Returning to North America. I worded it to say North America because the Canadian rules were almost the same as the USA.

____ So your parents taking you up North to Canada was not the same as crossing the ponds.

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My smallpox shot was done on the inside of my arm. My mother said it was a major pain to keep it healing, but the end result is no visible scar! javascript:void(0)
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