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12-13-2008 09:06 PM  9 years agoPost 1
Grant H

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Anyone have their smallpox vaccination documented in their medical records they have access to, Military or not>>>>

Please PM me.

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12-13-2008 09:35 PM  9 years agoPost 2
TrexRookie

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I got my smallpox vaccination at the USAF Academy back in 2000, but I wouldn't have the foggiest idea of how to access my military (medical) records..

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12-13-2008 09:47 PM  9 years agoPost 3
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same here in 1988 no idea how to get my military med records.

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12-13-2008 10:06 PM  9 years agoPost 4
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I'll look for my record. Any certain info or detail you're looking for?

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no idea how to get my military med records
If you got out with an honorable, and an E-5 or better (or an Officer) then you you should have your medical record.

If you weren't at least an E-5 or an officer, then you dont get to keep it.

Thats how it is for Navy when I got out, dont know if thats all branches, or how long they've been doing that.

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12-13-2008 10:13 PM  9 years agoPost 5
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I did last year and I have my record with me here.

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12-14-2008 01:47 AM  9 years agoPost 6
Grant H

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While some may argue, heres what I'm looking for. I'm just looking how to document the vaccination as being given/taken.

I am getting ready to deploy to the middle east again as a civilian (previous Navy experience). This is my 2nd time around. This time I am going through outprocessing throught the army and they will require me to get this vaccination. While, I have gotten every other shot known to man and want to be as protected as much possible, I do NOT want the smallpox vaccination in the least. For one, I know its gonna make me sick with a fever and I in no way want to go into a war zone sick. 2, I dont want the scar. 3, I dont want to have to deal with an active virus living on me and an open sore, once again going into a war zone. While these reasons might seem pretty trivial VS getting small pox, I'm willing to take the chance. If the chit were to hit the fan, I could always get the emergency vaccination of it, but I'm not to worried about that happening.

I am guessing that most people have received the DryVax vaccination. In what size dose was that given and documented in your medical record?

Another shot that I'm not too keen on getting is the Antrax ones, but I have no way to get out of that.

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12-14-2008 02:34 AM  9 years agoPost 7
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The smallpox vaccination was a common vaccination around the world for years.

It was so successful, that at some point, a group of medical genuises decided that smallpox had been eradicated worldwide, and that it only resided in certain "safe" labs around the world. Therefore, these same genuises decided it was no longer necessary to vaccinate people against the disease.

A whole generation or more has now grown up without the vaccination, and well, the threat of the disease is still with us (only now we're told by the same genuises that the threat is from intentional exposure by "bad" guys).

Now, a medical vaccination that was absolutely commonplace for all children and adults worldwide up until 1980 is somehow a source of concern or controversy.

The procedure is simple, painless, and the scar not all that noticeable, especially with the passage of time. I would think that your concerns are way out of proportion with reality...but that's just the opinion of someone who was a kid way back when, when the vaccination was commonplace and mandatory for everyone.

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12-14-2008 04:17 AM  9 years agoPost 8
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Wasnt that some kind of "mind control" from an X-files episode ? implants via innocuos 'smallpox' vacc ?

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12-14-2008 08:38 AM  9 years agoPost 9
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It was so successful, that at some point, a group of medical genuises decided that smallpox had been eradicated worldwide, and that it only resided in certain "safe" labs around the world. Therefore, these same genuises decided it was no longer necessary to vaccinate people against the disease.
In terms of "natural" exposure the eradication of smallpox was incredibly successful - you are not going to catch it even if you travel the entire globe, through natural causes. As it is a nasty little virus, I'm quite happy that it is no longer in the wild.

I had the smallpox vaccination at school in the UK. Everyone was tested for natural immunity first and those that didn't have natural immunity were given the vaccination. You have a sore arm for the following week (of course as teenagers we all went around slapping each other on the arm for that week...). The scar is about 1/4 inch diameter and is basically invisible unless you look for it. It doesn't sun tan quite so much so it is more visible if the rest of the arm is tanned.

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12-14-2008 01:45 PM  9 years agoPost 10
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I am getting my medical records (I hope) through this VA website.
http://www.archives.gov/contact/
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12-14-2008 03:23 PM  9 years agoPost 11
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I think you are getting overworked about nothing. I had the smallpox vaccination in Oct 03. Most of the guys in my unit complained that it hurt a little and itched pretty bad, but I can't remember anyone getting sick from it. A lucky few of us were not even affected that much, just some minor itching. Most of the guys complained more about the penicillin shot back in basic than they did about this. You keep it covered and avoid scratching at it and it heals over in about a week. As to the scar, I have several dog bite puncture scars on my shoulders from 23 years ago on my shoulders that are more noticeable than the smallpox scar from 5 years ago, it really is insignificant. Now I can see where you would be concerned if your wife is pregnant or you have a small baby in the house, you would need to find someplace else to stay for a few days to avoid exposing them.

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12-14-2008 04:21 PM  9 years agoPost 12
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No biggie

I would find a way out of the Anthrax shots first. The complication rate for the smallpox shot is non existent. I can't even find my scar. I felt weak for about 3-5 days and my lymph nodes in my armpits swelled up pretty good, but at least now I can be romantically involved with sheep. lol. There are way more horror stories from the Anthrax series that do note even protect you from anything other than animal anthrax. They do nothing for the "engineered" strains.

Smallpox was a shot that all of our parents had and most children up to the early 70's depending on location. The vaccination is well documented.

I will look for my old shot records as now everything is in a database and the old yellow records are a thing of the past.

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12-15-2008 12:28 AM  9 years agoPost 13
Grant H

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Thanks for the info guys. Will see what I can do to try and get out of both of them

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12-15-2008 04:33 PM  9 years agoPost 14
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If you got out with an honorable, and an E-5 or better (or an Officer) then you you should have your medical record.

If you weren't at least an E-5 or an officer, then you dont get to keep it.
I got my medical records, I was Army though.

The smallpox vaccination is a non-event.

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