Why do so many older people have little circle scars on their upper left arm? The BABY-BOOMER BADGE of Honor. I remember, standing in line at school, late 50's, to get my "school boosters." It was a exciting event - moms with babies in strollers, little kids running around - and us school kids, showing each other our badges. You had to be careful, not to knock off the scab it created or it would leave a deep scar. We only wanted the little round, circle.
Back then, mothers were anxious for their children to be vaccinated. I'm sure there were some who objected - for religious reasons.
The one vaccine, they were waiting for, was the polio vaccine. I know, my mom made sure we got it. It used to be oral. You drank it. My mom had polio as a child and spent a summer in a iron lung, during the depression. It weakened her greatly - and as she got older, she was diagnosed with post-polio syndrome: a condition that affects polio survivors years after recovery from an initial acute attack of the poliomyelitis virus. Post-polio syndrome is mainly characterized by new weakening in muscles that were previously affected by the polio infection and in muscles that seemingly were unaffected. At first they told her she had fibromyalgia - My poor mom, was in so much pain.
I am sure she wished, the polio vaccine was around when she was born - 1934.
1963 Events & Facts MAJOR EVENTS:
President Kennedy assassinated in Dallas, Texas;
Vice President Lyndon Johnson becomes President.
The accused assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, is shot and killed a short time later.
Civil rights protests continue throughout the South, during which nonviolent activists are frequently met with beatings and arrests
200,000 people march on Washington in support of civil rights;
Dr. Martin Luther King delivers his "I Have a Dream" speech U.S.,
Soviet Union and Britain sign a nuclear test ban treaty
Scandals in British Parliament leads to resignations of key officials
"Great train robbery" in Britain yields £2.5 million for thieves
Kenya gains independence
Pope John XXIII dies; Cardinal Montini elected Pope, takes name of Paul VI
Washington-Moscow "hot line" established
Congress expands its investigation of organized crime