Thursday, April 25, 2019

If You Do This, You Might Be a Geezer: V is for Vaccine


The news media is awash with reports of measles occurring in an alarming rate. Hey, I don't think that is funny in the least, just to be clear. Many armchair freelance epidemiologists point to "anti-vaxers" as the source of this problem. Just today, I listened to a heated argument about vaccination on the radio, complete with the mandatory CDC paranoia (or insight) and discussion of mercury in vaccines (or not). This debate has been around for quite some time.

Let me inject a personal historical factoid: a bout of German measles (Ja, ich bin mir sicher, dass es deutsch war...) and pneumonia almost took be on an early trip to meet my Maker when I was five years old. One of my grandmothers reminded me often of that fact and it was a sad coincidence that her youngest son had died of the same, exact unfortunate set of circumstances. 

Whether you're pro vaccination or not, I'm supporting your right to make that decision for yourself...but in my family, everyone was vaccinated and I'm thankful we never had a problem.

But Flipsters know that there is one geezer stamp we all share...and the young whippersnappers in Internet Land are probably still staring at the image at the top of the page and asking, "What is the heck is that??"


  • If you know exactly what that picture is...
  • If you have that same scar on your upper arm...
  • BONUS POINTS!! If you know that the "powers that be" stopped creating those "scars" routinely in 1972...
YOU MIGHT BE A GEEZER.



A sure sign of a geezer is the telltale smallpox vaccination scar on their upper arm. And I'll bet none of us ever got smallpox, right?


[If you have the scar AND you've had smallpox...well, I want to know THAT...]






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22 comments:

  1. I'm thinking the disappearance of the scar was due to the oral vaccine? But it seems like I took that in the early 60's. Or maybe that was something else.

    Anyway, whenever a doctor has told me to get some vaccination or anything else I just do it. A doctor is supposed to know what's best--or at least that's how I've always approached it. Heck, if my doctor told me that I had to start smoking medical marijuana I would do it, but I'd remind him that now it's legal for recreational use and he doesn't have to write a prescription.

    Seriously though, after I got on my first health insurance plan at age 47 I credit those doctors for saving my life a couple times at least. I don't question much of what they tell me.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. There's plenty of science behind vaccination benefits and people tend to forget just how bad things like polio, whooping cough, and small pox were and how many kids died.

      I had a cousin who was born with polio already in her system; she died at age 8. Her sister died at age 2 from spinal menningitis.

      Kids are not Teflon

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  2. Doctors: You need to get vaccinated, and you should get a flu shot.
    Me: OK. {*ignored*}

    NASA: American astronauts walked on the Moon and returned to yak about it.
    Me: OK. {*smh*}

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...'

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    1. Pulled this outta my... tinfoil hat:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaB4go7SPaI

      I suspect many will take "the mark of the beast" just because the government will tell them how good it is for 'em. You know, if Uncle Scam says it, it *MUST* be true, amiright?

      *tsk!-tsk!* ...So many naive amongst us.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...'

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    2. Also...I was vaccinated by Mumzie; I personally skip the flu vaccine.

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  3. I'm a geezer but I don't have a smallpox scar so I guess I never got vaccinated. Unless I got an oral vaccine like Arlee Bird mentioned? That would have been the early 60s too. I have a memory of being taken by my Mom to the community hall for a mass vaccination event which involved drinking pinkish liquid out of a tiny dixie cup.

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    1. What stopped in '72 was the one that scarred the upper arm, for sure. I'll have to research whether they still do the small pox at all.

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  4. I am strongly pro-vax. In fact, right now I'm a little upset they won't let me take the shingles vaccine, despite the fact that I have, in fact, had shingles. I'm too young.

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    1. I have poison ivy on my face and ba k right now and I was so afraid it was shingles. As soon as this clears up, I'm inquiring about that vac.

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  5. I bet the anti vax people all had parents who had them vaccinated and they are living and just fine. I wonder if they know what an "Iron Lung" is ? I do !
    Plus did these anti vax er stop eating lettuce when the CDC put out recall on Lettuce ? Bunch of Hypocrites.
    I am one of the people who needs the herd immunity and my health is always walking on a tightrope.
    Even if I didn't I would still be pro vax.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I'm vaccinated and I'll circle the herd around you!

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  6. I have a bump. I had my smallpox vaccine using the old method, which as I remember involved being pricked ten times with a needle. I remember having a tall scab on my arm that eventually fell off. The gun wasn't in use in 1961, at least not by us...

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    1. We had "the gun"...lined us up in school for it and I remember having zero clue as to why.

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  7. I have a scar. I remember going to the local high school gym to get some kind of vaccine with about a million other people. It was something on some sugar cube? Pink liquid? The shot? Not sure at this point cos I was only 4 or 5 but I remember the LOOONNNGGG walk to the school.

    Janet’s Smiles

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    1. The sugar cube one was the polio vaccine.

      It's all a blur now, ha ha.

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  8. I don't have the same scar... but my sister did. Congratulations on having the restraint not to put the words "tinfoil hat" in this post.

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    1. I can always use that later...I have a whole roll of foil to test drive, too.

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  9. No scar here but I am fully vaccinated as are my girls and grandchildren

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    1. There IS some credible science behind it.

      I skip the flu shot for a whole different set of reasons.

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  10. Yes, I know that picture and have one on my arm. To be honest, I think not getting vaccinated is pretty damm stupid and it started with good ole d actress Jenny McCarthy who was so vocal until she realized she could be in trouble...now, not a peep

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    1. I'm all for choice, but all my kids are vaccinated. That's MY choice.

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Love, Cherdo