I have one, too, but from the early 60's!
Mama to a teen and tween
I was always a fan of my Mom's scar as a kid!
Here is one but it is distant:
My mother has it, too. And it must have gotten infected because it is huge and irregular and sticks out in places like a burn mark. Mine is very small by comparison. She remembers having an infected arm for a long time that she could hardly use. That's why I'm surprised she still had it given to me.
|ack! my mom always told me that scar was from the TB test! ack!|
My DD was born in Mexico and this was one of the vaxes they wanted to give her. Apparently, it is injected into the arm just like any other vax but over time the areas scabs and the scar forms. Yuck!
When I returned to the states, I asked a dr. why the TB vax is not customarily given here and she said that it makes it difficult to decipher whether or not you have actually been exposed or if a tb test came up positive bc of the antibodies due to the vax or if there was actual exposure to the illness. Anyways...I digress.
So Minxin, your scar could actually be from the TB vax.
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they did that on the leg, or the inside of the arm.
Yours won't be what mine is, though. Mine's BCG. They never used that in the states.
(And get this, where they did use it, they credit the BCG vaccine for the eradication of TB How come USA's rate went down the same as everyone elses? )
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Routinely pregnant woman are screened for rubella with a titer test.
|(And get this, where they did use it, they credit the BCG vaccine for the eradication of TB How come USA's rate went down the same as everyone elses? )Momtezuma Tuatara|
And, by choosing not to give the vax for TB, isn't the CDC saying in theory that there is no need to give it bc improved health/sanitation conditions have made it unnecessary. Why apply to TB and not to Polio for example?
Although I don't agree with it, I can understand why there is such a push for the TB vaccine in the area where my DD was born. The population is largely rural and VERY poor, so it is a big breeding ground for TB. The TB rates for the state in one year were equal to that of the whole of the U.S. for the same time period.
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I got the shot as well, but not on my arm. My mom had the joy of watching the doctor (not my regular doctor) take me from her, and inject me right over my spine. At about the 5th and 6th thoracic vertebrae level...well, that's where the scar is NOW. Who knows where the injection site was when I was a FEW MONTHS OLD...
yep, my dad was thinking of us moving to Vancouver, BC after I was born, and I guess the doc thought that Canada was just some HUGE hotspot for smallpox, and he injected me.
My mom said she just sat there with her mouth wide open for a moment, then grabbed me out of his arms and left the office, sobbing.
And, to this day, that area is really sensitive for me. The scar is HUGE (compared to the scar on an arm; think of how much more a back grows than an arm) and it's just not "sound" in that area.
Sorry to hijack.
I was given my smallpox vaccination in the middle of my back too. I was born in '62 in the US. They were trying to make it so that it wasn't so disfiguring but after a few years they decided that by the time the patient had grown to adult size, the scar would be even bigger than it on the arm so they went back to giving it in the arm. I also received a DPT (Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis) vaccination at another time but it left no such scar as it was just a regular syringe. All of these were required before a child could attend public school as well as Measles/Mumps/Rubella and let's not forget the Polio vaccine.
When I was young, there were a lot of adults with polio still living. Thank God for modern medicine and the fact that most of us have outlived all of these horrible preventable diseases.
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Now, we know, it takes 2-3 shots to make a person immune to measles and still a person can get measles despite full immunity shown from a titer count.
The Sabin Live Polio Virus Vaccine has not been given in the US since 1999 because it is linked to every case of polio since 1979 in the US, one of whom is Jenna Bush's FIL. So Americans send it to India where great progress being made. <psyche>
The success of the Salk vaccine was tempered early by the Cutter Incident in which the early vaccines caused polio. One such victim was Dr Alton Oschner's grandson who died a month after getting the vaccine from polio; his granddaughter developed polio from the vaccine and had lifelong health problems. However, Dr Alton himself, lived into his 90s.
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