Smallpox shots found to protect longer

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Smallpox shots found to protect longer
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Mon, 08-18-2003 - 10:25am
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Mon, 08-18-2003 - 12:05pm
I find this so very reassuring...so many people have had this vaccine in this country prior to 1972 (wasn't that the last year? I was born then...wonder if mom has my shot records?....) that even if there's some horrible terrorism and someone lets loose a pile of smallpox, a large portion of the population is already protected. Too bad some people had to have bad reactions and die recently after getting this vaccine, though...the study was a little late for some of them :-(

Julie

Julie

9 out of 10 carseats are installed wrong.  Could yours be?

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Mon, 08-18-2003 - 12:43pm
Julie,

its a good idea to have your shot records in your posession rather than you mom's... but to check whether you have had your small pox immunization, just look down your upper arms - if there is a circular scar (usually roughly penny size), you have been immunized. In Germany, small pox was vaccinated against until the late 70ties - I certainly sport a scar (although mine is UNDER my arm in the back of my arm pit because my grandmother was very beauty-concious ;0)

Catherina

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Mon, 08-18-2003 - 1:48pm
It's true, I should have my own shot records...and they'd be even better if my measles and tetanus boosters had been documented when I went to college...oh well...

Oh, so that's what that scar is that some people have (not me, though, i guess i missed that one)! I thought it was just a scar from those who were in the military and got that huge, all in one shot (that's how an ex-boyfriend of mine described it, anyway...maybe it was the small pox and he was confused, too...).

Thanks for the tip! :)

Julie

9 out of 10 carseats are installed wrong.  Could yours be?