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?
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.

By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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