Ah. Vaccination. For inexplicable reasons, despite having vaccinations as a standard part of medical care for at least 100 years and depending on what you call “vaccination,” much longer going back maybe thousands of years, suddenly, this is a hot issue.
When Pasteur came out with a viable vaccine for smallpox, there was no CDC. There were testing facilities. Medicine was as original as art and in a lot of ways, resembled art more than science. So Pasteur tested his little vaccine on his own family and willing friends, which was apparently more than enough testing because everyone was far more afraid of smallpox than of “vaccination.” In short order, everyone lined up and smallpox went away. For good and forever.
If they invented it now, half of the country would be waiting for massive testing and many would still refuse the vaccine. The world would still have smallpox and people would be dying of it by the tens of thousands. I’m pretty sure, had vaccinations of any kind been available for Bubonic Plague, no one would have questioned its efficacy, but of course it’s not a virus and there is no possibility of any vaccine — unless there’s some kind of breakthrough in medicine. But I’m sure lots of people would think it was created by DEMOCRATS who were trying to KILL THEM BY INJECTING THEM WITH LIBERAL CONCEPTS which, as we know, can kill you. Did you know ideas were lethal? Until recently, neither did I.
We have become an international embarrassment. As most of the world desperately waits for the opportunity to get the vaccine, we act like vaccination is a trap. We’ll be injected with infinitely tiny transmitters to tell the government every boring detail of our dull lives. Folks, there are no transmitters that small. Actually, other than germs and viruses, nothing is that small but hey, let’s not let reality or truth get in the way of ideology. Or lies on Facebook. Or just plain lies from people who already got their vaccinations, but don’t want you to get yours.
If Salk created the polio vaccine today, we’d still be battling polio every summer. I remember when the vaccine came out. I was in first grade I think, Every kid in P.S. 35 lined up to get the shot. There were no exceptions. Every child was vaccinated as soon as the vaccines were available and polio pretty much vanished. Not as completely as smallpox, but close.
How thoroughly was the polio vaccine tested? Was there an FDA and CDC to give official approval? Did tens of thousands of mothers decide that the vaccine was more lethal then the horrors of polio? We were more intelligent back then. Polio was a terrifying disease and mothers were deeply grateful for the protection. Oh to again see sensible, intelligent people populating our country.
Garry has had his full vaccine load including his Pfizer booster. I tried to get a booster for Moderna, but the CDC hadn’t given its formal approval. So now, I have to make an appointment, though I think my vaccine — Moderna — has a longer lifespan than Pfizer. I hope so. I’ve been waiting for a while to get a booster.
I will get vaccinated as soon as I can. It’s certainly not for want of trying. You know what? Before the official confirmation of the CDC, I was ready. Apparently, having had major heart surgery and cancer twice, I didn’t the right official auto-immune disease. And I was only 74.
We live in have a nation full of batshit crazy people who refuse to protect themselves, friends, and family from a known killing disease. It is a kind of insanity not unlike what overtook the residents of Jonestown. I never expected to see a mass epidemic of that kind of stupid here. That craziness will be our destruction. If anyone survives the coming climactic and social catastrophes looming on our horizon and look back to the 21st century to figure out how this happened? They will shake their heads in wonderment at how stupid we were.
We COULD take care of our country, climate, roads and the needless suffering. We aren’t. That is about as shocking as anything could be.