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I was born in 66. When I was in grade school we all had to line up single file and go through the health room for vaccinations kind like a heard of sheep. I remember this shiny gun they had. I'm not sure what it injected me with but it sure looked scary.  Anyone else have an unforgettable experience like this. Another time mom took me to city hall for shots. They might of been closed though. The first shot I remember getting didnt hurt a bit. Then someone must've told me it was supposed to hurt and I haven't cared for needles since. 

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I got all the shots back in the mid 50s, its gone now but for years I had a dime sized indent on my upper arm. The funny thing about this post is last night mom and I were talking about the difference in needle stabs then to now, I've had the whole gamut of hospital stays since the 50s and the hurt then was worse then now, the needle thing never really bothered me and after 50 years of tattoos I can't really say ouch.

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In the '50s we were all glad to get the polio shot. There were several kids walking in braces from it. It was quite the scare as some had spent time in an "iron lung".

We got most of the rest of our immunizations at school as well. I remember being told not to watch but being me I had to. I've watched ever since. Never been squeamish, probably after catching and holding so many pigs to be cut. 

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I recall lining up for shots in grade school too. We all had the dime size indent i think. Some kinda high pressure injection thing. Dont think any needles involved? Walked by and the person put it against your arm and pulled the trigger.

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Had an uncle that had a bout with polio in 40s or maybe earlier. Probably was earlier in fact. He was ill for a long time is all i know.

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Yes at schools we all line up for shot no ifs ands or buts ! Every year ! I remember this one kid in front of me the tallest one in school when it came to his turn fainted dead away and the school nurse had to haul him out to the office. Well that put the spook into all of us left in line, some were crying and whimpering, me included !

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4 hours ago, Dasnake said:

the hurt then was worse then now

New technology needles are one time, very thin, and extremely sharp. I believe the '50s and '60s needles were sterilized and reused so got dull thus painful. I think one time disposables came in in the '70s so youngsters will never have experienced the "pop" of pushing a dull one into your arm.

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Remember this well. Someone said if you moved when they injected you, the pressure injection would rip your arm off. So we just stood there and took it. 

I remember in about 1960 our family went to the school and got a sugar cube to fight the polio virus.

PBS played a story on the polio virus. It seems very similar to this Coronavirus issue.

Polio mainly attacked the young.

It was an eye opening article that seemed very well written and not the usual left wing way of reporting.

If it comes on, take the time to watch it.

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56 minutes ago, Rusty shackleford said:

I had the shots in the army, I got.poked more times by vaccines than tattoos

This^
 

They lined us up, ran us through the gauntlet and there you have it,  I don’t remember how many different shots, but there were several guys on each side and they all hit you with one of those air guns

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I to remember the sugar cube. I want to say I was not even in school yet,the whole family went and got it I think. 

Brother in law had major infection in his foot while in the Air Force just before Korea. He spent weeks in the sick bay and got to know all the nurses. Learned you did not tick them off. Probably to keep him in line, one nurse made a point that he saw her dull a needle on propose before giving a smart ass a injection. 

 

 

I  spent 13 days of **** in the hospital summer of  16 with gallbladder removal complications. As well as several 2 to 4 day  stay before it was all over. Of course today they put a IV in your arm as part of admitting I think. But they sent a vampire(I at least asked if they were) around between  3 and 5 in the morning for a blood sample every morning. Big difference in how much it hurts depending on the person doing it for ether procedure. Puts a chill in my arms typing about even now.   

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You guys got shots?!?!?! 

Heck we couldn’t even get a Tylenol! All we could get is an ice pack and 10 minutes on a cot that had last been occupied by Byron Bolster when he got taken out of the class for head lice. Makes me itch just thinking about it ?

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20 hours ago, redneckhippie said:

I remember this shiny gun they had

Yup remember it well

19 hours ago, Dasnake said:

for years I had a dime sized indent on my upper arm.

from the small pox vaccination, left a blister that scarred over

mine is faded too but it looked like this

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1 hour ago, vtfireman85 said:

You guys got shots?!?!?! 

Heck we couldn’t even get a Tylenol! All we could get is an ice pack and 10 minutes on a cot that had last been occupied by Byron Bolster when he got taken out of the class for head lice. Makes me itch just thinking about it ?

Yep besides head lice checks. They used to line us up check teeth and check back for scoliosis. The old days.

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1 hour ago, vtfireman85 said:

You guys got shots?!?!?! 

 

Yup, but we also got the strap, physically dragged down to the principals office, forced detentions, and ya know what? At the time it was a pain ( literally) but I don’t think it hurt.

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My mother contracted polio as a young child.  It was terrifying,  she said.  Nobody understood it, they were panicked.  People were afraid of her. She was sent away and quarantined for a time.  Then the vaccine was released and her life was spared. However,  the damage was done. Her ankles were contorted and her feet were sideways.  Numerous painful surgeries were required to fix her legs.  Mom was lucky, her life has been good. Today,  She has braces to support ankles/legs, but she walks fine.

I pray that our vaccine specialists will find the solution for Covid-19, just like they did for Polio so long ago.

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9 hours ago, ray54 said:

I to remember the sugar cube.

You probably got that in the '60s or later. The Salk vaccine was an injection we got in the '50s then Sabin invented an oral version that we got also as a sort of booster. I asked my wife what our kids got but she doesn't remember. We did make sure they got all the recommended immunizations. I really don't understand the folks who won't have their kids get them. As kids we all lined up for them and no one is the worse for it. Now you hear of some diseases making a comeback that were eradicated in the US.

The tinfoil hat conspiracy theorists believe the government is using them as mind control! OMG!

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My mother passed away from polio in 53, she was 31, and us kids got lots of shots at first and then the sugar cube for years.

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I remember grade school and we were lined up in the gym with a nurse on each side, one with the gun and one with a needle. Every now and then one of the kids would hit the floor.

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35 minutes ago, vtfireman85 said:

I don’t get it, what is the deal with sugar cubes?

I had forgotten this, but they put the vaccine on the cubes to make it easier to take, little did they know us 50s kids would take that lesson and forward it to the 60s for a completely different reason?

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2 hours ago, vtfireman85 said:

I don’t get it, what is the deal with sugar cubes?

The polio vaccine was put on a sugar cube and you did not get poked with a needle for this one. Plenty of other things I poked for.? But had the real deal with measles and chicken pocks. And even worse chicken pocks was during summer vacation from school. 

And since I had the measles I now need a shingles shot. Seems you never get old for more shots.?

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