Image: Sara Varon and
Cup Design: Ayumi Horie
Porcelain 11 fl oz
For the longevity of your decal, please avoid the dishwasher.
Please note that cups are made to order. Your cup will ship within 3-4 weeks.
Pictured is the front and back of one cup.
With outbreaks of measles and pertussis taking place internationally, now is the time to use this cup to start conversations about vaccines and immunization. It's an emotional topic that's dividing communities and prompting legislation to head off an even more urgent public health crisis. How do we source our information, what is media and health literacy, what is our responsibility as parents and as citizens, what are the health and financial costs of outbreaks, how do mutations occur within a population not fully vaccinated, and what role do trust and civic responsibility play in this issue?
I conceived of this vaccination cup (drawn by Sara Varon) as a way for people to talk about science and what responsibility each of us has within society. My parents were born before many modern vaccines existed and began practicing medicine in the late 1950's/early 60's at a time when the vaccines for polio, measles, tetanus, and pertussis were coming into commercial use. Around the dinner table, I heard stories about a time when being free from these diseases weren't taken for granted and they treated patients which had diseases that are nearly eradicated now (but are on the comeback) I think my Japanese heritage drilled into me the notion of how personal responsibility contributes to the health of the whole community. I get the flu shot every year, not so much to mitigate the effects of the flu, but more importantly, so I don't pass anything on to the most vulnerable members of our community with compromised or developing immune systems.