Old Guys: Vaccination scars - white meat or dark meat?

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    Nov 23, 2012 10:18 PM GMT
    Pointless thread du jour. (Gee, wurk sucks.)

    So, it only shows up when I have a tan (fading now) but I notice that my vaccination scars are all different colors. I've got two smallpox vaccinations, one when I was a baby and one when I was a teen. One is dark-pigmented and the other is non-pigmented. Don't know what the difference is.

    Are yours light or dark?

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    Nov 23, 2012 11:22 PM GMT
    I don't get it, I got all my vaccinations but I don't have any scars
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    Nov 23, 2012 11:29 PM GMT
    It was a particular type of inoculation they gave kids during the 50s and 60s that left a circular scar on the shoulder of an entire generation. icon_smile.gif My scar is (like any other scar on me) slightly lighter than my tanned skin.My parents had it too. my kids don't have it either, tanker. you must have had your inoculations after they stopped giving it that way.


    (it was a little round plunger with a whole bunch of little needles. It would scab up and fall off, leaving a scar. I still remember it.

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    Nov 23, 2012 11:29 PM GMT
    You say old guys, do the newer ones not leave scars? I don't think I have any.
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    Nov 23, 2012 11:37 PM GMT
    I know my own kids do not have the scars, although they most assuredly had the most up to date injections. I did start to notice on some of my sexual partners who were in their 20s - they did not have the scars but most of my partners who were all close to my age had the scar.
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    Nov 23, 2012 11:39 PM GMT
    um. what the fuck?
    Scars from being vaccinated? I've never even heard of that.

    Your parents hated you.
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    Nov 23, 2012 11:45 PM GMT
    "Old Guys" because smallpox was eradicated in 1977. They don't do it any more.
    Basically, it was a choice of that one little scar or getting them all over your body and dying. Pretty much every parent on earth chose the one scar.

    I have two because I travelled to South America in 1978 and at that point they weren't taking any chances of it coming back.

    Actually, I have three, but the third one is from some other vaccination. Nice little triangle on my shoulder.
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    Nov 23, 2012 11:47 PM GMT
    Import saidum. what the fuck?
    Scars from being vaccinated? I've never even heard of that.

    Your parents hated you.

    WOW Way to be small minded!

    Seriously have you never spent any time learning about history?

    Have you spent any time with anyone outside of your own age group?

    TONS Of people have them.

    Personally I was more curious about what the hell changed that means I don't have a scar and others do
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    Nov 23, 2012 11:48 PM GMT
    lilTanker said
    Import saidum. what the fuck?
    Scars from being vaccinated? I've never even heard of that.

    Your parents hated you.

    WOW Way to be small minded!

    Seriously have you never spent any time learning about history?

    Have you spent any time with anyone outside of your own age group?

    TONS Of people have them.

    Personally I was more curious about what the hell changed that means I don't have a scar and others do


    U sure told me, sister!
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    Nov 24, 2012 12:12 AM GMT
    My mom has light ones, but she's irish so she's got very pale skin. I'm not sure if my dad does, but probably.
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    Nov 24, 2012 12:21 AM GMT
    lilTanker said

    Personally I was more curious about what the hell changed that means I don't have a scar and others do


    Older vaccines were more likely to be live "attenuated" viruses and bacteria. Basically still "alive" but weakened so they could no longer cause disease. But in rare cases, they still did. Vaccinia virus, because it causes a skin disease, was applied to a wound on the skin, rather than injected or ingested.

    Newer vaccines are more likely to be just a single protein or even a bit of DNA. They're much safer, but it took some time to learn how to do that.


    The oral polio vaccine is an example of a "live" vaccine. Right now, there are about as many cases of polio caused by the vaccine as there are caused by "wild" viruses, worldwide. But those last few wild ones are proving tricky to wipe out. One neat thing about the oral vaccine is that you can go to a 3rd world village, "catch and release" a certain number of rug rats, and through poor hygiene, they'll spread it to all of their friends, whether or not the parents bring them in.

    er... sorry, I've got a standard two hour lecture on this stuff for sophomores.
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    Nov 24, 2012 1:00 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidsorry, I've got a standard two hour lecture on this stuff for sophomores.

    Don't apologize I find this stuff fascinating!

    Cause I know someone from ireland who's my age and has those scars and he tells me a lot of people he knows has them.

    I just found it weird cause I've seen them on others as well.
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    Nov 24, 2012 1:27 AM GMT
    Seriously, vaccinations don't leave the round scars anymore?
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    Nov 24, 2012 1:27 AM GMT
    lilTanker said
    mindgarden saidsorry, I've got a standard two hour lecture on this stuff for sophomores.

    Don't apologize I find this stuff fascinating!

    Cause I know someone from ireland who's my age and has those scars and he tells me a lot of people he knows has them.

    I just found it weird cause I've seen them on others as well.


    Australia was one of the first countries in the 70's that changed the way we were vaccinated. I remember as a kid in primary school there was a huge debate about it. around 1975 I think. meant that we didnt get scarred
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    Nov 24, 2012 1:29 AM GMT
    Import said
    lilTanker said
    Import saidum. what the fuck?
    Scars from being vaccinated? I've never even heard of that.

    Your parents hated you.

    WOW Way to be small minded!

    Seriously have you never spent any time learning about history?

    Have you spent any time with anyone outside of your own age group?

    TONS Of people have them.

    Personally I was more curious about what the hell changed that means I don't have a scar and others do


    U sure told me, sister!

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    Nov 24, 2012 1:30 AM GMT
    Yeah, so when the terrorists drop the smallpox bomb, all of you young guys are, like, toast.

    And the rest of you... LIGHT or DARK?
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    Nov 24, 2012 1:30 AM GMT
    yeahimback saidAustralia was one of the first countries in the 70's that changed the way we were vaccinated. I remember as a kid in primary school there was a huge debate about it. around 1975 I think. meant that we didnt get scarred

    well shit I wasn't even born then!
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    Nov 24, 2012 1:31 AM GMT
    I just went and checked. My scar has disappeared. If I didn't know where to look, I would never tell one had been there.
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    Nov 24, 2012 1:36 AM GMT
    lilTanker said
    yeahimback saidAustralia was one of the first countries in the 70's that changed the way we were vaccinated. I remember as a kid in primary school there was a huge debate about it. around 1975 I think. meant that we didnt get scarred

    well shit I wasn't even born then!


    lol you young whipper snapper. I only remember because my mum and aunt had a huge arguement about it, it was when Whitlam was in. So I and my school friends were some of the first not to have the scar yet people a year older than me generally do, its like the celtic arm band, or tatt arm sleeves, a good indicator of a persons age.
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    Nov 24, 2012 1:50 AM GMT
    kevmoran saidYou say old guys, do the newer ones not leave scars? I don't think I have any.
    It was undoubtedly a smallpox vaccination - which was given by scratching the skin with a needle - leaving a telltale scar. They don't give smallpox vaccinations anymore, so if the disease comes back (every country has it stockpiled for biological warfare), it will be you younger guys that die from it.
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    Nov 24, 2012 1:55 AM GMT
    Mine is mostly light but there are a couple darker freckles on it.
    It's the alien DNA injection site ... We're special. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 24, 2012 2:15 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidYeah, so when the terrorists drop the smallpox bomb, all of you young guys are, like, toast.


    They still give them, we just have cute little needles that keep our shoulders pretty icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 24, 2012 2:29 AM GMT
    kevmoran said
    mindgarden saidYeah, so when the terrorists drop the smallpox bomb, all of you young guys are, like, toast.


    They still give them, we just have cute little needles that keep our shoulders pretty icon_biggrin.gif


    No. In the US, routine smallpox vaccination ended in 1972. After that, only people traveling to "third world countries" were vaccinated until the 1980s. After 9/11, they started vaccinating firemen, doctors, and nurses for a while. Military personnel going to the middle east get it before deployment. Since there is no natural occurrence of the disease, the efficacy of the current vaccine cannot be measured.
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    Nov 24, 2012 2:38 AM GMT
    HikeSwimSkiSF said
    kevmoran saidYou say old guys, do the newer ones not leave scars? I don't think I have any.
    It was undoubtedly a smallpox vaccination - which was given by scratching the skin with a needle - leaving a telltale scar. They don't give smallpox vaccinations anymore, so if the disease comes back (every country has it stockpiled for biological warfare), it will be you younger guys that die from it.


    Actually, the only known "stockpiles" are the US and Russia, and those are for scientific purposes. Although, Russia isn't exactly known for keeping track of everthing dangerous.
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    Nov 24, 2012 2:40 AM GMT
    As a child of the 60's, mine is light. It's actually faded quite a bit though.