This isn't a post about our roof. The shingles there are in fine condition and I am hoping that they will stay that way for some time to come.
It's the other kind of shingles, the sudden wake up of a dormant chicken pox virus. I am hoping to avoid that bundle of misery. I had the vaccination. My neighbor had a bout of shingles last summer. That convinced me to talk to my doctor about the shot. Shooting pain and body blisters really do strike me as something to avoid if possible.
There was a bill before the Vermont legislature this past winter that would have eliminated philosophical exemptions to vaccination requirements for school entry. It turned out to be quite controversial and got a group of parents very active in fighting against this change in the law.
I was interested in one parent's argument -- vaccination is not analogous to seat belts but to air bags that can malfunction, go off with too much force and result in injury or death. Although, we have all heard stories about injuries from seat belts as well. I have to say, though, I was a bit alarmed by those claiming they were not informed that a vaccine could have side effects. Clearly, they were just not listening or they live in la-la land.
The legislation did not pass. In the end, it is kind of a shame that the issue even came up and consumed so much time. Vermont has a very high immunization record. The one vaccine that is most often opted against in chicken pox.Oh, well.