As we can celebrate the first day of what will, eventually, become, the mass rollout of the anti Covid Vaccine, it brings to mind the same happening with polio.
As a child (born 1941), I can remember being terrified any time I got a sore throat in case I had diptheria.
However, definitely the most frightening (healthwise) time was as a yoing teenager with polio. Terrifying pictures in newspapers and on tv of those horrific iron lungs. And this was an illness that had most effect on the young and healthy.
I can well remember one summer school holidays, when virtually everything was closed to us. Parks, Swimming pools, Cinemas, etc. I was staying with a school friend, and she lived in a house, so had a garden ( I lived in a council flat wiht no such luxury), but we were not permitted to leave that house and garden to see any other friends.
It was a couple of years later (in mymemory), that my GP told my Mum to send me along to the local (Hackney) Town Hall for a vaccination against this horrible disease.
I can still remember going down there, and there was a long line of people queuing around the front of building, slowly moving forward. I joined that, and as I got towards the front of the building, my particulars were taken, then inside the building, someone told me to rollup my sleeve. Eventually, I was dabbed and then jabbed, and left through a different door.
Do wonder if, once we have more easier to store, vaccines, if somthing similar to this will be repeated later next year.
Of course, back then, cannot remember any discussions about whether or not to have this vaccine. We trusted out Doctors.
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