by Anna Kathryn Lanier
By the way, you may recall that this pandemic was mentioned in the holiday classic "It's A Wonderful Life." As an employee at the pharmacy, George Baily reads a telegram from the war department to Mr. Gower telling him his son died of the influenza. The grief of losing his son causes Mr. Gower to put poison in some medicine he's mixing.George saves the day by noticing what Mr. Gower did and not delivering the medication to the sick family. When George is 'never born,' Mr. Gower was sentenced to years in prison for killing people that day.
Additional information about the pandemic can be found out:
For a time line on the pandemic check out:
The CDC's website says:
Influenza (the flu) is serious.
Each year in the United States, on average:
More than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications;
36,000 people die from flu.
For more information on influenza from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) check out their website:
And more information on flu shots and statistics can be found at WebMD
If you're at high risk for the flu, young, old, or chronically sick, you should get your flu shot, before the flu gets you.
**Thus ends my public service announcement.
PS – most of this article first appeared on my blog Chatting with Anna Kathryn on October 16, 2008.