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Do you have one?

Do you have one?

peripheral77

Nope, born in ‘77 and they’d stopped administering by then.


anotherkeebler

I've read essays that split GenX into the Atari half and the Nintendo half but this scar might do just as well. If GenX is the last generation on the planet with this scar, I'm okay with that.


My_Bouche_Is_Amused

1971 babies like me were a year too late to need the shot (my older sibling, ‘70, has one tho), but I definitely played a lot of Atari before Nintendo came around.


moration

I’m late 70 and I don’t have one.


MuttonDressedAsGoose

I was born Dec 1969 and have one. I think I was one of the last.


watchdestars

I was born March 1970 (Australia) and have one .


othervee

Weird, I was born Sep 1969 in Australia and I don’t have one. Maybe it varied by state?


othervee

So this is interesting... apparently [we didn't have universal smallpox vaccination in Australia because it was never widespread here](https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2020-09-22/vaccine-history-coronavirus-smallpox-spanish-flu/12673832). There were local vaccination programs when there were outbreaks. That would explain why you have one and I don't!


Hussein_Jane

I ('72, US) know a bunch of kids younger than me who had them, but I got a different type. Many kids who's parents were in the service or traveled overseas had to get them.


watchdestars

Just read yr comment. Well there you go!


watchdestars

Or maybe it wasn't compulsory at the time.


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Monkeymom

I’m March 1970 and I don’t have one


Madrejen

Feb 1970 (U.S) and I dont have one either.


Boopadoopeedo

I’m earlier that year and don’t have one.


rastagrrl

Me too! Sept 1969


Illustrious-Sky-1722

what country? I was born 75 in the UK and I have one, had the TB injection and have the scar


UndiscoveredUser

75 Australia - didn't have it till I studied nursing and it was a requirement


MuttonDressedAsGoose

USA


My_Bouche_Is_Amused

Maybe the cutoff was sometime in ‘70 then, my sis was early ‘70.


Muss4TheRestOfUs

I was born in March of 1970, and I do not have one. It might be a State to state thing.


GeorgieBlossom

It must be a state thing. March 1970 here and I have one. My cousin, born in 1973, does too.


mommy2libras

It probably was. Like the states that had funds adopted the new way of vaccination earlier than others. So I'm kind of surprised they don't still do this in places like Alabama where even 8 or 9 years ago, when you got a new license or ID, you got a paper copy the day you went in and your hard copy came in the mail 4-6 weeks later.


TrshTwns01

My husband was born in ‘69 and has one. I was born in April of ‘70 in Alabama and don’t.


SubatomicGoblin

Weird. I was born in February of '70, and I don't have one, nor did I know anyone in my class who did.


Bcruz75

February '70 also. Born in Utah. No scar. I think 69 was the cutoff for most folks


crowteus

I was born in April (4/20) 1970, I don't have one.


Brainyviolet

Same. No scar for me


ru_k1nd

I was born in Aug 1970 (US) and have one. Edit: Fwiw I was born and living on an Air Force Base when I got this, so the military could have still been giving them out to dependents.


TikiKat4

My boyfriend was born in early 1970 and doesn't have one. I'm 6 years younger, so I definitely don't.


Dr_Noonian_Soong

78 and I do not have one. Nintendo kid here, Atari was gone by then. Sad.


SpentFabric

Me too. January 1970. No scar. But my friends had them who were only born a few months before me.


ZebraFine

No, I was born in 69 and I don’t have one.


TheOrigRayofSunshine

Same.


Fight_Tyrnny

same here, 73, dont have one and I had an Atari many many years before Nintendo came out.


Ckc1972

1972 checking in. Ditto to both of your comments. Pitfall was my fave.


psychnursegivesshots

Born in '75, don't have one. Definitely the Atari half, though!


peripheral77

Yeah I’m thoroughly in the no scar/NES half for sure.


Nicky_Nuisance

77-82- Xennials I was born in 78 and I accept the term


TheRealConine

Every Xennial I know is glad to be classified as… not you know what. We’re heavily understaffed and accept you into the fold


Nicky_Nuisance

It's because it's a perfect classification. We're not complete GenX we weren't teenagers in the 80's and we're not complete millennials. We knew life before the internet and were teenagers during the advancement of it.


meatus1980

Same here, 1980. Xennials are also known as the Oregon Trail Generation.


madamesoybean

All of my closet pals are Xens & I'm an old X (66). We get along so well without trying and we teach each other stuff about the opposite "time ends" of generational stuff like art, music, politics. Xens are X with more sense 😆


SpySeeTuna1

I played plenty of both.


Gratefulgirl13

Does Intellivision count as the Atari group?


cindoc75

I was born in 75 and have one, my husband was born in 72 and doesn’t. We were born about 2 hours away from each other in southern Ontario. I wonder if when it was nearing the end, they somewhat left it up to parents to decide? Or maybe different rules for different Public Health regions?


peripheral77

Maybe so. Born in the southern US and ironically about 45 minutes from Warm Springs, Ga where [FDR sought therapy and maintained the Little White House ](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_White_House).


RambleOn79

Unless you were born in a 3rd world country ... husband was a child in Columbia, born in ‘79 & has one.


earth_worx

Yeah ‘74 in the Bahamas and I have one.


revdon

Me ‘70, have one 1st sib ‘73, has one 2nd sib ‘76, nope


Haisha4sale

Hey fellow '77'er!


peripheral77

Class o’95!!


teatabletea

1968 here, got the shots, no scar. After reading other replies, we got the BCG vax. My smallpox shot I was 7


46n2ahead

Born 73 and don't have one either


Initial_Run1632

Funny story: I was teaching some med students, who found such a mark on a patient. Not a one of them knew what it was. More than anything I’ve seen posted here, that was a real ‘fuck, I’m old’ moment.


takingastep

Question from a layperson here: just what is that mark? I was born in '77, so like the other commenter I probably didn't get whatever that is. I'm still curious to know what it is.


anotherkeebler

Smallpox vaccine scar. _edit_ I thought about this tonight because I watched _Total Recall_ with my teenagers this evening, and of course it's always a blast to look for anachronisms in movies about the future that were produced in the past. I noticed this scar on one of the actors and I realized I have it but my kids don't. Comes to that, my spouse doesn't either, and we're only five years apart.


takingastep

/checks Wikipedia Ah, that would make sense then. Definitely didn't get that one.


Initial_Run1632

Small pox vaccine scar.


alsatian01

I swore my mom told me it was from the Polio Vaccine. I just Googled it and have proven that must have been a faulty memory.


JustDiscoveredSex

Polio was pink sugar cubes!


Sobasictoo

TB shot?


Initial_Run1632

To be fair, I understand bcg, which is given in some countries as Tb prophylaxis, can leave a similar scar. I’ve never seen one, though, and possible wrongly, assumed this was a US person.


lassiemav3n

I have a BCG scar (I’m in the UK), it’s a little different (smaller perhaps & a little puffy rather than cratery), but I initially thought this thread was about BGG ones :) Can’t even think who I’ve seen a smallpox one on!


takingastep

Is that what it is? Hmm, I don't even remember if I had one or not. At least I don't recall ever having such a scar.


Sobasictoo

My mom had one just like it.


EnnazusCB

Had to explain to my kids what the mark on my arm was :D


RunRunAmuck

I've got mine. Born in '70


moration

I’m late in 70 and didn’t get one.


NCGatorGirl429

1969 here and nope. Don’t have one of those.


ZebraFine

Same.


rastagrrl

Maybe it didn’t leave a scar? If you were born in 1969 you should have definitely gotten it. But I’m not an expert, so there’s that! 😂


MuttonDressedAsGoose

I do, but I can't find it?! I definitely have it. I think it's faded away. Edit: I found it. It's faint and I think my aging skin texture disguises it. Born 1969.


Slutslapper1118

I originally thought that was a chicken pox scar. I have 2 of them. But nope, I don't have a smallpox vaccine scar. WHY IS IT THAT BIG??? Can one of you be a doll and explain wtf is going on? Thanks in advance!


Bcruz75

I thought (emphasis on thought) they gave you multiple shots.


Slutslapper1118

I Googled it. It was administered as a double prong needle. The shot goes in the dermis layer, becomes a fluid filled blister, and then scabs over. Back in the day, when Healthcare workers saw that scar, they breathed a sigh of relief, because they knew you were vaccinated. It was considered extinct in the US by 1952, and stopped being part of vaccinations in 1972. But there was a wave of fear after 1972 that smallpox could be used as a biological weapon, so Healthcare workers were given the vaccine. Learn something new every day.


Bcruz75

Damn...you did your homework. Wanna look up electrical issues on a 2002 Tahoe?


Slutslapper1118

Sure! Is it losing power while driving? I started to type in "electrical issues 2002" and it suggested "Ford Explorer, then Chevrolet Tahoe" Lol!


Bcruz75

I figured it out...bad wiring to the stereo. Next challenge- what's the next winning lottery number ;)


Slutslapper1118

Had the same problem with my very sexy minivan. 1 26 18 10 2 12 11 9 6 20 are the most frequent winners on Powerball, so says Google. Good luck!


Muss4TheRestOfUs

I think 1970 was the first year of GenX to not get it. At least in NJ.


dustin_pledge

Yep. Funny story- when I went to get my covid vax, the 20something pharmacist taking my information asked me which arm I wanted the shot in. I asked if it leaves a scar, because I already had one on my left arm. She kind of smirked at me and said ''Vaccinations don't leave a scar.'' Oh you sweet summer child!


earth_worx

Yep. And I got re-vaccinated when I was 4, because we were on holiday in Guernsey and someone dropped a vial in a lab locally. They had to shut down the island and everyone on it got a booster.


La-Belle-Gigi

I was born in Panama in 1973 and I have it - but not on my arm. My mom had them put it on my back, you can just barely see it on my left shoulder blade. I don't know if either of my sisters (1976 and 1980) have them on their backs, or if at all. My mom will know.


andrea77D

I am ‘66, and I have asked my Mom and others about this, I never received it. My sister, ‘64 does have the mark. Does anyone know for sure?


fabricpile

‘66 and I didn’t get it either. All of my older siblings did and I recall being upset as a little kid that I wouldn’t have a scar like them. Although I do have a “twirling around in circles until I got dizzy and fell over” scar from six stitches by my eye—which now just looks like a weird wrinkle but used to get me teased in school.


andrea77D

Me too! I was a bit jealous of the arm scar because all my older siblings had it. I am laughing so hard at your reference to twirling around until you get too dizzy 😂 oh the things we used to do to keep ourselves occupied..”Gen-X, totally unsupervised and proud of it”


zundom

66 and I have the scar, as does my 68 sister. Siblings born in 72 and 74 do not.


slackdastard

Born in 68 didn’t get one.


rrickitywrecked

‘68 and don’t have one. Didn’t they have OPV by then (oral polio vaccine)?


slackdastard

Think so. My sister was born in 66 and she had one of those shot marks. And considering I had all my vaccinations to get to school when I was a kid, then probably was given OPV.


Ok-Street7504

My wife and I both have them one day my seven-year-old asked what it was and I convinced him that his mother and I were aliens from another planet and that was a way we could tell who was alien and who wasn't! The look of Doubt belief and then fear I'm going to hell I know!


lvals

yassss! back when education was real and getting vaccinated was a routine logical thing to do, barely noticed by anyone... what happened, how did we fall into this Bizarro-world...?


_WhoElse

That’s where the magnet goes…………../s


dawgstein94

Nope. I think that was done before 1970.


pappyflapjacks

February 1970, Canadian. I've got one.


Global_Perspective_3

My mom was born in 1967 and I don’t think she has one


Initial_Run1632

If she was born in the US I bet she does. (Or did. They can fade a lot, or blend in with lots of sun exposure)


Global_Perspective_3

She was born in Hawaii, which is the US tbf. Perhaps it faded with time. I’ll have to ask her


CathycatOG

Nope and I was born in 1965 in Canada. I was allergic to the vaccines and had to have them in tiny weekly doses, which doesn't work for the smallpox one.


canis_latrans17

I had some sort of shots at age 4. Those pneumatic gun needles is what was used. I had this mark that after a couple days looked like a teeny volcano, and took quite some time to heal. This was 1976. For years I thought maybe for smallpox, but found out later that they weren't giving them anymore by then. Was it the pneumatic gun that caused this volcano thing? It was some mass vaccine clinic.


lalapine

Born mid 70s. I only know about this from watching the XFiles.


InkedFrog

1969. Didn’t get one.


paulairis999

April 1970...and I don't have one either...but I certainly remember when atari and nintendo came out!


deephurting66

Mine is there but so faded it looks like a weird dimple now


Davmilasav

I was born in Georgia (US) in '69 and have one. My brother was born in Pennsylvania in December of '74 and he has one as well.


PrivateRedditUser224

I do and I'm in my 20s. Got it in Venezuela as a kid


skimbeeblegofast

Was too young to get one growing up and yet still got the jab in the military. Only thing is mine didnt scar so visibly and they tried to jab me again. Thats not something I want to go thru twice, made me sick as hell.


winterblue18

I have one born 77 but not in the US


Preacher27MSTX

Looks like I barely missed it, born in ‘74. Since my parents have them, I always associated them with Boomers.


anotherkeebler

Boomers and older should all have it. Several advanced nations had been smallpox free since the 1950s, but routine inoculation continued into the 1970s. The last naturally acquired case of smallpox was in 1977. The last smallpox death was in 1978. The world was declared smallpox-free in 1980.


No_Yogurtcloset2287

I’ve had it twice. Born in 69 Germany, then again in the Army before Kabul Deployment


nice___bot

Nice!


anotherkeebler

Are you German or were your parents stationed there?


No_Yogurtcloset2287

Army brat


K2TY

Two, one as a child and another in boot camp. Edit:'67


MyBatteryis36Percent

I was born too late to need one (thank God for science!), but my slightly older Gen X husband has that and nearly every other vaccine known to man (retired military).


gdubh

May ‘69. I did not get one.


dfbshaw

Oct 1970 and I have one


l337chicken

Is that a smallpox vax? Sweet! That's definitely a limited edition scar! My BSG (TB) didn't leave a scar, though a few in my class got scars from theirs.


68rocky

I was born May 68 in Pittsburgh and don’t have that scar. I guess some places gave it orally before others?


Glowing_Sista

I'm 51 and don't have one.


Serling45

Born in ‘66. Have one.


eaglemg1

No they stopped before me. Born 74.


esaruka

Hairy mole, yup I got one of them.


GogglesPisano

I have one - had the scar for as long as I can remember. The way things are right now, a large idiotic percentage of people in the US would refuse to get the smallpox vaccine, even if there was a considerable risk of contracting smallpox.


dullgreybathmat

I thought this was a scar from being burned by one of those cigarette lighters that used to come with cars. I was going to say “yeah I got two”. Then I read the comments.


moration

Nope but my sister does.


bunnybates

Nope. I was born in 76'.


MissPicklechips

My mom has one. My sister and I (born 71 and 73, respectively) do not.


Dan-68

I have that same mark.


Shawver83

I was born in ‘65 and don’t have one. Kind of strange as I thought they were still administering them at that time.


WestCoasthappy

‘65 also and I DO have one


Mathsciteach

March 68 sister has one, July 69 sister does not. Both born around LA,CA


nice___bot

Nice!


Middle_Chain_544

Born in the ‘70s so nope


rushmc1

I have two (but one right on top of the other).


sawyer_whoopass

My brother (‘70) and I (‘66) both had the shot, but neither of us have the scar. Before anyone says something along the lines of that being impossible, smallpox was one of the numerous vaccinations required before enrolling in school. Mom, for whatever reason, still has our vaccination records.


xrayjones2000

I dont.. seems odd.. might be they changed the way they administered them when i was a kid.


PiratePilot

Yup but I was born too late got it in the military.


thatzmine

I have one on my right inner arm. 1966 baby.


Sir_Osis_of_Liver

1967 and I've got one. I think they stopped those in 1970 or 1971.


zinger301

Yeah, but I got mine in 2008.


WVMomof2

My older siblings have one of these scars, but I don't (born 1971). I was jealous of their scars when I was a child. I didn't know why they got to have one and I didn't.


Kindnessmatters12175

No but I ate the Polio sugar cube it was pink and white


ZarinaBlue

Yes '75 and a military brat.


Mugenmonkey

I was also burned by glass tubing in chemistry class in high school!


leftcoastanimal

I have mine. My doctor or nurse was forward thinking and put it in the back of my arm, so it doesn’t show up on the side. I never see it.


acb1971

Yep!


RegalBeagleBouncer

My husband was born in 69 and doesn’t have one. I don’t think. Now I feel like an ass for not knowing. I was born in 78 and don’t have one. I was just asking my mom about hers.


hep632

Nope. Born in early '69 in the US.


Illustrious-Sky-1722

Yes I do! Born 75. It's the TB injection scar . it took two nurses and my mother to hold me down apparently. edit ': I'm from the UK. seems we were immunising longer... eeeek


casade7gatos

Yes, but mine is much less noticeable than my mom’s. I wonder if they changed dosages or something between generations.


niahmash

I do. Born in the UK in 75. My sister born 77 also has one, they did it the same year for both of us (89).Mine looks more like a white chicken pox scar.


SirRatcha

Born in '66 and I don't have one. It seems odd because my grandfather was a doctor and adamant about vaccinations, but I think he maybe advised against it because the last case of smallpox in the US was in '49.


ButIAmYourDaughter

I had no idea what this was until I scrolled the comments a little. This must’ve hurt like hell.


anotherkeebler

The shot itself is no worse than any other jab. Maybe less so, since it’s subcutaneous. Over the course of 2 weeks you develop a pox blister that leaves a scar when the scab falls off. Mostly it just itches. Edit actually it’s a series of surface pricks in a 5mm circle. Probably hurts a bit, but not for long


ButIAmYourDaughter

Was it similar looking to the TB vaccination?


UndeadDemonKnight

'68 - Got one.


hells_cowbells

The timeline on these are interesting. My brother was born in '68, and has it. I was born in 72, and I don't.


genx_meshugana

I'm '78. I have one because of the military, though.


Olgrandaddy

Yup….but because of military service.


zsreport

I don't, but I had a bunch of friends and classmates who were from Asia and they have it.


CosmicTurtle504

An arm? I have two of ‘em!


Joesdad65

1965 born, still visible


LeoMarius

No, never got smallpox vaccine. They stopped giving them out in 1972.


disasteress

I got 5. Grew up in Eastern Europe. There are two single scars (one was a booster because some kid in my elementary school got TB and so they just vaccinated every kid again in the school), and a scar that is made up of 3 scars all next to each other in an L shape. I do not know what they are all for, same as everyone though, they just administered the shots differently hence the scars. Edit: to add, not sure if any of them is for smallpox, but I think for polio and/or mumps and/or measles and/or diphtheria plus the TB booster. So no idea which is which.


wonderingmindsrgr8

Yep born in 66'


rando-sam

Hmm, I usually associate this scar with boomers. I don't have one (U.S.).


sfshecat

I don't have one, but know I got the vax. Just didn't scar.


Gratefulgirl13

My parents were talking about this over weekend. Dad still has his scar and asked if I have one. I was born in 74 and do not.


Stimmolation

Nope, '67


AyeYoDisRon

Nope. I was born in 1979.


ZotDragon

I missed by a year. My (older) sisters have them though.


HiJane72

No! They stopped them 2 years before I was due


Blabulus

It came up one year in health class and we all compared them at school (Oregon), my class (born 68 graduated 86) had almost none of them, but the class ahead (born 67-graduated 85) almost all had them. Go figure.


fitbit10k

Yes, I have one. 1970.


GreatGreenGobbo

I'm '73 and I don't have one. My wife is '75 and she has one. Very odd.


switchboxstation

Got mine on 02


switchboxstation

Military still gets them last I asked


Rheastar

Nope


Nulligravida

Yep. Had to so as to prepare for a trip to Malaysia in the mid 70s.


InsaneLordChaos

Born in 74. My mom tried to get me one , but they weren't available.


tammage

Canadian 1968 here and I have it.


Not_now0

Yup


moradorose

Yes, I have one.


Bullcook11

75 I don’t think I ha e one but I think my mother my had I seen them before