The following passage is from a fascinating book called Hell, I was there!
, the autobiography of Elmer Keith, a famous outdoorsman and firearms inventor. He invented the .44 magnum and .357 magnum cartridges, among other things. During World War II he enlisted in the army, and the following describes his experience with the smallpox vaccine. Those dumb liberals waiting breathlessly for a vaccine might want to ponder his experience (emphasis is mine):
They [the Army] vaccinated all of us for smallpox. One man died from the vaccination, and I came very close. About nine days after I'd taken the scratching on the left arm, I became very sick at the school. The teacher advised me to go home and go to bed. I managed to get out to the bus stop, and was hanging on a park tree getting so sick I could hardly see across the street. A red-headed lady came running across the street and wanted to know what was the matter with me. I told her I didn't know unless it was the smallpox vaccination. She asked me where I lived. By that time I was getting too sick to know very much about what was going on. I told her I had a room in a hotel in Davenport and she said, "Have you got your key with you?" I gave it to her. How she got me on the bus, and got me to the hotel, I'll never know. But anyway the old Negro porter told me he helped her get me up to the room, undress me and put me to bed, and was supposed to call the doctor, but doctors were scarcer than hen's teeth in Davenport, Iowa, at that time. I was out of my head part of the time. Bliss Titus would call on the officers at the arsenal every day and try to get them to send a doctor. None ever came. Between him and the old Negro porter they managed to keep me alive somehow or other on soup and ice cream and jello. The fever finally broke and I started to come out of it. My left arm swelled up to the size of a ham. A hole rotted out underneath the vaccination until you could see the bone of my arm. Finally the fever let up and the swelling started to go down, and I was able to get out and back to the school.