Saturn Doggy Dogg
Today I had my kids shot. I would have done it myself but the nurse said they must do it so we had to wait a few days until they had an opening. We get vaccines for anything we reasonably can that we may be exposed to. Influenza is a biggy. Vaccination is cheap preventative care for us in addition to the fact that we need to protect our herd of pigs who are also susceptible to type A influenzas. If you have the flu do not do chores around the pigs. Best to just not get the flu for all sorts of reasons.
There is the issue that the flu vaccines are prepared ahead of time so they don’t always get exactly which flu will be a problem this year. It is a risk-rewards calculation which affords some protection in addition to healthy living, being outdoors, chicken soup and all that good stuff.
For those worried about the mercury that has been used as a preservative in the past in some vaccines there are mercury free versions of most or perhaps all vaccines.
Something we don’t vaccinate our kids for is chicken pox. It is better to get the disease as a child because that gives more protection than the vaccination which eventually wears off. Adult chicken pox is not something you want to ever get. By the way, our sons have already had but our daughter has not yet so if anyone’s got chicken pox and wants to trade… :)
We don’t vaccinate our herds because there isn’t anything in our area they will likely get and we are so isolated. If that changed I would vaccinate as needed.
Our pack of livestock dogs get vaccinated for rabies because they are the first defense against the disease. They hunt and kill pests and predators that get into our fields. This helps keep rabid animals from getting to us or our herds. Again, a risk-cost-reward calculation: it’s cheaper and very effective to give the rabies vaccination to only the dogs. Just don’t go picking up strange skunks and such.
Oh, the photo at the top is is Saturn, one of our livestock guardian herding dogs who is doing a Snoopy Dog pose. The dogs love high places where they can survey their domain. That dog house was one of the test structures we built to experiment with techniques for building our Tiny Cottage here on Sugar Mountain. Like our cottage the roof is a barrel vault of ferro-cement with an insulating concrete layer and then a hard concrete layer above that. It stays nicely dry inside. The dog house arch way in the front was my first real brick arch, my test before tackling the arches inside for our bedroom and bathroom.
Outdoors: 47°F/33°F Brilliant Blue Sunny Skys
Farm House: 62°F/56°F
Tiny Cottage: 58°F/52°F