You think the flu is scary? Back in the 50’s parents were lining up their children for mass vaccinations, and grateful to get it. There are many polio survivors in our community, but few who had the strength of body and mind to take the worst the virus had to give and still make a life.
Martha Mason of North Carolina has died at age 71 after living in an iron lung since the age of 10. She attended college, graduated, wrote an autobiography and helped her own mother through dementia and final illness.
An interview with Martha Mason is here. It’s not easy reading. While there are important questions to be asked about safety when new vaccines are considered, we must not forget that Mother Nature can be a real b–ch if we think we are special. She smiles on micro life just as much as macro life.
Every crisis needs a new perspective, you can’t fight today’s war with yesterday’s strategy. We might be lucky this time and have a mild encounter with the new flu, but it’s a warning.
A dysfunctional health system is not going to be ready for a national crisis, no matter how many new vaccines we can make.