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Posted by on Jul 27, 2007

Typhoid

This is the typhoid vaccine pill I am taking in preparation of my departure to South Africa. I think this type of vaccination is more designed for the neighboring countries of Botswana, Malawi, Zimbabwe, or even Mozambique, but who I am to argue?
Regardless, the side effects of this pill are nauseau, dizziness, and perhaps even digestive “issues”, all of which appear to have appeared in me in the last 24 hours. Vaccinations are a strange concept; basically a live virus (in diluted form) is introduced into the body in order for the immune system to respond to it, thereby forming this tolerance. Who was the first guy to test that one out?
Dialogue:
Doctor: I will need you to take this pill.
Patient: What is it?
Doctor: It is a form of typhoid.
Patient: Seriously?
Doctor: Yes. You should swallow it.
Patient: Typhoid? You want me to swallow typhoid?
Doctor: Yes.
Patient: You first.
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