The Rolling Stones, Let’s Spend The Night Together
You guys know I work in Urgent Care, right? So my day is full of the bread-and-butter complaints: sore throat, cough, ear ache, rash, it burns when I pee — and when the day is full of “the usual suspects,” it can be tempting to downplay (or outright IGNORE) any symptoms which don’t fit with the Top 5 diagnoses.
I’ve seen Urgent Care colleagues and staff completely ignore Really Important Symptoms because it would mean that Something Really Important (i.e. “a diagnosis that will require more than a physical exam to establish”) might be going on, and ain’t nobody got time for Something Really Important in the Urgent Care — we’ve got viruses to treat here, for pete’s sake!
But I strive to keep my brain turned on with every case — due to a combination of good training + a mild-moderate case of OCD — and about 2 months ago, that habit really paid off.
“It is not a failure of the vaccine,” Frieden said. “It’s a failure to vaccinate. Around 90 percent of the people who have had measles in this country were not vaccinated either because they refused, or were not vaccinated on time.”
If 175 cases doesn’t sound like much, consider measles’ impact. It isn’t just an itchy rash; it can cause deafness and encephalitis, and miscarriage in pregnant women. Before the measles vaccine was achieved 50 years ago, the disease killed 2.6 million people around the world every year.