Scutmonkey Chronicles

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Public Service Announcement (Or, Don't Make Me Kick Your Ass)

Just a short post today, a sort of public service announcement:

If you have kids, or are tangentially related to one, PLEASE take a few minutes to locate their vaccination records and put them away in a safe place.

Why, you ask? And why am I making such a big deal about it?

I'll tell you why. I've been doing a lot of unneccessary stabbing of kids with long needles. Kids whose dumbass parents lost their vaccination records. Kids who in order to start school have to begin the vaccination schedule from scratch, to the tune of four injections a visit, every eight weeks, for the better part of a year.

And then their dumbass parents wonder why these kids don't like doctors. If you ever, as an experiment, want to feel really, really evil, try explaining to a school age kid why they need to be turned into a human pin cushion, and then hold them down while you stick them repeatedly.

In a perfectly fair world, it would be the dumbass parents that get stuck. Maybe I could make it all a bit more equitable by punching them once in the nose for every extra needle their kid has to get. Guessing the state medical board, and the police, might have a problem with that, though.

Enough said.


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