Donnerstag, 17. Juli 2008

*Smallpox Shots*

A lot of Germans have this scar on their upper arm, closer to their shoulder, where they had smallpox shots as young children. How come we don't have those? I'm sure we had the vaccinations.

Kommentare:

Brandon Darnell hat gesagt…

I ran into your blog, and since I want to live in Europe next year, found it very interesting. Germany is one of my favorite countries, and I like the whole European lifestyle.

About smallpox vaccinations: I think the disease was largely eradicated, and the potential danger of the vaccination was deemed too much, when the disease isn't a problem anymore. I think I remember reading it is supposedly only alive in labs now.

Interesting blog. I love reading the writings of expats.

Don Harris hat gesagt…

Us older folks all have that scar, where we were vaccinated with a tiny amount of live culture. I imagine your dad and mom have one. When I went on my mission, I had live vaccine for yellow fever and typhoid fever, and they both made me deathly ill for about a day each. I don't think missionaries have to go through that anymmore, with dead cultures being developed that still work to immunize you against the disease.

Dagny Marie Kelsey hat gesagt…

It's the same in Brazil. Everyone has it!

Marc hat gesagt…

Only people of East-Germany have this scar, because of having older medical equippment.

Michemily hat gesagt…

Marc: my friend from Bavaria also has the scar . . .

sommergarten hat gesagt…

The smallpox-thing stopped in the late 1970s/ early 1980s in (Eastern-)Germany. Only if you really wished to get your child the smallpoy shots, they would got it. (that seems to be very bad English, I apologize..)

Michemily hat gesagt…

Kannst auch auf Deutsch schreiben. ;)

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