Imagine what life would be like without vaccines. Then, give thanks everyday for the wisdom of our previous generations, who allowed the science, testing, and funding to deliver the greatest gift to humanity and didn’t pull the plug on us.
We should accept these gifts graciously, since we can never repay them, and strive to “pay it forward” to each of your children.
I remember as a newly registered nurse in the 1950s, tending to a 14-yr-old in an iron lung. A farm boy you’d love. During the months it took to wean him from the lung, I might admonish him with a “Hey!” to which he’d reply with a finger over his tracheotomy, “keep your hay, you might marry a horse!” An oldie but goodie. It took him three breaths to get it out.
Some things you just don’t forget. He died after developing pneumonia after going home. Such is the unassailable power of disease. Don’t let those diseases gain a foothold near our families or schools again.
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For God’s sake vaccinate. And when your child receives the gift, let him say “Thank you.”