Crazy as it seems, highly publicized Pandemic, Ebola and now Measles concerns are good for the U.S. Each time our short attention span is directed to the latest disease concern, we briefly recognize the seriousness of such concerns and improve national and individual capacity to respond. As a result of the embarrassing first responses to Ebola, the government and our health care systems are far better prepared for future threats. Similarly, multiple influenza pandemics have raised our awareness of the importance of proper hand washing and the value of vaccines, even if this year’s flu vaccine is not a perfect match. On the global front, some diseases should rightly be all but gone and completely gone from the U.S. So it’s a rude awakening to hear about over 100 measles cases occurring in the last month, many of them apparently transmitted from one of my favorite escapes – Disney Land.
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