At about six years old, I joined a few dozen of my peers in a long line that snaked its way around our classroom, heading to the front of the room where some adults were hulking over some little kid, doing something to the kid’s arm.
What are they doing?
Giving shots… we are all getting a shot.
I don’t recall the whys and wherefores of the procedure, but suspect it had something to do with Smallpox. I still have the scar on my left arm, if anyone is curious. That particular “shot” has protected me for 70+ years against untold disease.
I stood in a long line when getting my inoculations against diseases I might have been exposed to during my approaching voyage across the ocean to Germany. I still have the yellow card listing those shots, for malaria and all sorts of other horrors remaining in Europe in the 1950s, just a decade after the World War II.
We had a two-year-old that shared the line for the polio vaccines—both the Sabin and Salk, one was an actual inoculation the other serum on a sugar cube. I had knowledge of the ravages of Polio; my sister had it at 4 years old; my stepfather had had it at 7 years old., before the vaccinations existed.
When I worked for the newspaper for nearly 20 years, both as a full-time reporter and later as part-time writer, the Flu Shots were mandatory. No discussion…just be there. Everybody who worked there was given the shot, administered by the County Board of Health.
There are always people who object to vaccinations, for various reasons. Anti-vaxxers are heard from regularly whenever “new” vaccines are required.
Which begs the question—why in blazes is their allowed to be such controversy about vaccinating children against diseases that were all but eliminated decades ago? Smallpox? Diptheria? Polio?” In the 21st Century? There are always people who object to vaccinations, for various reasons. Anti-vaxxers are heard from regularly whenever “new” vaccines are required. My opinion on the subject is that everyone has the right to object, but their rights end when their rights conflict with my rights NOT to become infected with a preventable disease.