Getting a poke in the arm brings back memories

Getting a poke in the arm brings back memories
We're going to get our flu shots this week.

South Dakota Health officials recommend that oldsters (like us), tiny tots and other high risk people should get poked in the arm, whether we want to or not.

Already there are 132 million doses available so there will be no shortages this time around ? so I guess I'l have to suffer through it.

The nurse has promised me she'll use a new one-time needle with a sharp point. It wasn't that way in World War II.

It was always rumored that the needles then were reused and had points like an ice pick. They were "sterilized" in a coffee cup, the older guys told me.

No wonder that GI's who were big enough to play tackle on the Chicago Bears fainted away as they were standing in line waiting for their shots.

We were vaccinated for most everything. I even thought hang nails and warts were included.

The worst I experienced was the shot for typhoid fever. It would hurt going in, and then you would have a sore arm for a day or two. But then we wouldn't get typhoid fever from drinking water that didn't go through the Lister bag.

I don't remember if we were vaccinated for yellow fever and cholera, but I don't know how the army could overlook them. I also don't know why they protected our health so much, because they filled our tooth cavities with mud ? or something like it ? at the reception center because we were going to be killed right away anyway, as soon as we finished our basic training in the infantry.

No use wasting good amalgam on them!

But back to vaccinations. I understand that some mothers don't want their babies immunized because they don't know what's in the vaccines. It's not just egg whites! They don't want their babies to be shot full of unknown chemicals ? but the doctors deny that.

Others cite religious beliefs for refusing the needle. But we are going ahead anyhow because the benefits are far greater than the supposed risks.

We didn't get the flu from previous vaccinations, and I survived all the Army shots with only a sore arm to show for it. I guess I was tougher than those big fellows who fainted ahead of me ? or else I didn't know any better.

Phyllis even survived those 14 shots in the belly to head off a rabies scare awhile back, so she is all set for the flu immunizations.

I am, too ? if the needle is sharp and wasn't used before!

ݩ 2007 Robert F. Karolevitz

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