The vaccination season is upon us

Terry checked with our medical group on Thursday to find out when they would be offering a flu clinic…it will be mid-October…just like last year. Also learned that the COVID vaccine is now on us to schedule through our pharmacy.

November 1 will be six months since the previous booster, and by then the flu vaccine should have taken effect and not interfere with the COVID vaccine.

I have always been a big believer in vaccinations, getting that from my mother. My parents lost a small child when they lived in Arkansas, before moving to California during the Dust Bowl era, to diphtheria, a disease for which there was no vaccine at the time. It was shortly after the baby’s death that my parents packed up all of their belongings, and their two other children, in a an Model A Ford and came to California. I wouldn’t be born for 15 years.

When I was growing up, my mother fussed over every little cold or illness I got. It was only in adulthood that I understood how devastating the loss of a small child to a disease that could now be controlled had changed my family. So, I get my vaccinations.

16 responses to “The vaccination season is upon us

  1. I got my third booster last week, and other than being a little tired with a sore arm, I was fine. I’ll get my flu shots in mid-October, too. I am a big believer in vaccinations, too. 🙂

  2. I am also a total believer in vaccinations.

  3. As I was reading your post, church bells began ringing in my community. My husband insists he’s related to you, only his family came from Arkansas and Oklahoma.

    Thank you sharing your family’s story.

    • My dad’s family moved from Oklahoma to Arkansas where my mother’s family had been for a long time, especially her mother’s family. Very poor from the Ozarks. My dad’s family worked for Welch Grape Farm where he was taught to be a vineyardist. Even after changing over to cotton farmer here in California he would hire himself out in the winter to prune vines because he was so good at it.

  4. Gary’s grandfather was born in Virginia and chopped cotton but is buried in Oklahoma. His mother’s mother was born in “the poorest county in NW Arkansas” and his mother was born in Bokomoma, Oklahoma and joined the Wacs after high school and, on base in Arizona, met Gary’s dad, who was in the Air Force, having joined in Seattle. They were married in Roswell, Arizona—yes, where the extraterrestrials landed. His mom’s life was like a chapter out of Grapes of Wrath.

    • My mother said their life, coming to California was the same story as Grapes of Wrath. My sister remembered camping under trees because they had no place to live. I lived a life of privilege in comparison because my parents were well off by the time I was born. My dad, though, worked every day of his life and worked hard for every thing he had. Although he could not read and write, he built the house we lived in.

  5. Elizabeth A Rogers

    That’s quite a story about your family! I was born in CA in the midst of the Depression; my father didn’t have a job for 2 years. Fortunately, things started turning around shortly thereafter, when he was hired by the same company he retired from almost 30 years later.

    I’m totally “pro-vax”. That may be related to the fact that I almost departed this world quite prematurely at age 3-1/2 years due to whooping cough. I had a serious case and remember it clearly 80+ years later. I spent most of my teen years taking then-known precautions against polio until the vaccine came out. I was SO glad when it did! I had most of the other common childhood diseases.

    I hope to set up our 3rd COVID booster this coming week. Our healthcare provider doesn’t quite have it organized yet, but we’ll be among the first in line when they do! We had our flu shots last week.

    I have a hard time understanding all the anti-vax sentiment out there today. I guess many Americans are too young to remember when we didn’t have them, while some older anti-vaxxers got lucky and never caught whooping cough or polio. There may be a different outcome if they catch COVID.

    • We are seeing a resurgence of polio in some places, because of this hesitation to get vaccinated. Yes, a serious illness might make people reconsider those decisions. Losing a small child to any of these now-preventable diseases should never happen. Although she is no longer here, my mother would be throwing a hissy fit at the thinking we see now.

      • Elizabeth A Rogers

        Yes, we thought polio had been “eradicated”–and it essentially was for quite a while until vaccination was no longer near-universal in the U.S. That really needs to change. I still have a degree of optimism that the majority of Americans will eventually get the COVID vaccination. I just hope the virus doesn’t come up with a new immunity-evasive mutation first!

  6. DrumMajor Linda in Kansas

    Your family’s history is very interesting. I can’t imagine a day without those “standard” vaccines. My Mom’s mother died of TB in an early 1930s TB sanitarium when my Mom was 12 years old. Getting my yearly TB check was always reported to my Mom. Glad you’re getting the boosters. Linda in Kansas

  7. Wow an incredible life history. How tragic for your parents losing a little one! And the poverty they underwent.

  8. My mother spoke of those hard times back then quite often. I will be getting the latest booster soon.

  9. We are planning to get our flu and 3rd booster at the end of October or early November. We have a trip we signed up for at the end of March so we want our vaccinations to be as strong as possible. I’m still nervous about COVID.

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