The last week in August 2019, Pneumonia and Flu (Influenza) came within 1% of epidemic levels.
The National Center for Health Statistics reported deaths from Pneumonia and Influenza to be 4.7% of the total deaths during that week. The CDC recommends annual vaccinations for everyone age 6 months and over.
That late August week 2019 (Week 35), our friend died when she went to the hospital for a lung cancer biopsy. She died of pneumonia while there. It’s also about the time when everyone in our home also came down with Flu and now in week 3 of flu and week 38 of flu season, we are finally getting better.
If you have symptoms don’t ignore them
The CDC recommends that you do your best to stop the spread of disease by covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze and washing your hands frequently. Also try to avoid other people while you have symptoms. If you have a fever it should not last more than 1 day. My fever lasted 2 days but was only 2 degrees above normal.
Read more about precautions you should take on the CDC Prevention Webpage.
By Linda Kaidan