Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The book Polio: An American Story really did hold my attention the whole time I was reading it. I don't know if it's because I'm getting older or what, but I'm starting to enjoy certain non-fiction books more and more. The reason reading about the development of the Polio vaccine caught my attention could be in part because of my age. The battle against Polio had been "won" by the time I was born, 1959, but the effects of Polio were still very evident.

I also vividly recall standing in line, by class, in a school cafeteria in Omaha with many other kids in the school. We were all there to get a shot for.... something. I don't think it was for polio; this would have been too late for those mass vaccinations, but what was it for???? Now I really want to know because I don't have the faith in the medical community that most people would have had during that time, the 60's, that everything they say you have to do is really the truth. Nor do I trust how those vaccinations were (potentially) made.

Anyway, this mass vaccination memory disturbs me. I need to see if my sister remembers it. She is only 2 years younger than me and I know she was there. I can't remember if my older brother was there, but I don't recall his class being in line.

Well, I talked to my mom and she has no idea what they would have been shooting us up with at that time. We, parents, older brother, me, and one sister ( the other two siblings weren't born yet), apparently stood in line around 1961 or ' 62 for our polio vacinnations and did the 3 times oral. She's wondering if it was some kind of flu vaccination for an outbreak.

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