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    Awaiting the sugar cube

    Before we know it there will be long lines like we experienced as kids for a vaccine. Then time to ride on! Who remembers?

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    I think I remember a small cup.....like the cups that come with NyQuil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    I think I remember a small cup.....like the cups that come with NyQuil.
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    A little paper cup is what I remember. I think it was at our school, one Sunday afternoon. '61-'62?
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    I vaguely remember the sugar cube.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkraus View Post
    A little paper cup is what I remember. I think it was at our school, one Sunday afternoon. '61-'62?
    Yeah.......one of those pleated paper jobs.
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    The Sabin polio vaccine was administered via sugar-cube. That came along a few years after the initial Salk vaccine. I got the Salk injectable. Didn't hurt much...
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    What was the one that left a scare on your shoulder/upper arm?
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    That round scar on your shoulder was the smallpox vaccination.

    Speaking of vaccinations, day 2 in Navy OCS in 1967 involved a series of vaccinations injected by handheld injection guns wielded by corpsmen. At this point, I don't recall how many shots, but shortly after the shots went in, we were down doing pushups on what we called "the grinder." Maybe that was to get the vaccine well-distributed. My shoulders ached for a week.

    Here's a photo of a smallpox vaccine scar:

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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    What was the one that left a scare on your shoulder/upper arm?
    Polio vaccine left the scar. I don't remember sugar cubes, we had shots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jandhumphreyme View Post
    Polio vaccine left the scar. I don't remember sugar cubes, we had shots.
    I think the arm scar was from smallpox and/or tuberculosis vaccinations. https://www.healthline.com/health/smallpox-vaccine-scar

    The injectable polio vaccine was just a single injection with a small needle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkraus View Post
    I think the arm scar was from smallpox and/or tuberculosis vaccinations. https://www.healthline.com/health/smallpox-vaccine-scar

    The injectable polio vaccine was just a single injection with a small needle.
    You guys are right, my bad. Smallpox. That was the bugger I had to have twice in the Navy before I got the slightest of red marks.
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    One of the shots had multiple needles? I remember a 25 cent piece size scab on my brothers arm. Hopefully they will get something going to stem this mess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    One of the shots had multiple needles? I remember a 25 cent piece size scab on my brothers arm. Hopefully they will get something going to stem this mess.
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    Gary - That large scab your brother had was probably from the smallpox vaccination. I think the size of the scar was the result of the talent (or lack thereof) of the person who administered the vaccine. I vaguely recall that the smallpox did not involve a needle. It involved breaking a small glass tube (in which the vaccine was located) and then rubbing the jagged end around on a small spot on the arm just below the shoulder. Sounds awful, but that was the 50s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExGMan View Post
    Gary - That large scab your brother had was probably from the smallpox vaccination. I think the size of the scar was the result of the talent (or lack thereof) of the person who administered the vaccine. I vaguely recall that the smallpox did not involve a needle. It involved breaking a small glass tube (in which the vaccine was located) and then rubbing the jagged end around on a small spot on the arm just below the shoulder. Sounds awful, but that was the 50s.
    Probably early 60ís John.. I seem to remember something that looked like a paint-sprayer gun.
    Whatever it was, Iím sure there was a whole lot less paperwork
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    When I joined the Air Force in 1966 on day 2 or so we lined up and filed past 6 or 7 guys with immunization guns. We would in turn stop in front of each of them who then "shot" us in the arm. I have the distinct recollection that at least some of the guns didn't involve a needle at all but rather propelled the substance through the skin by a very directed blast of compressed air. I might be wrong because they didn't give me time to be inquisitive.
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