National Geographic : 1936 Dec
"Don't worry about me-it's just a Cold" Just a cold now-but it may lead to influenza or pneumonia which, on an average, cause I2,000odeaths each year in the United States. About half of these deaths occur in December, January,February and March. HE common cold is bad enough in itself. But the real danger is that it may blaze the trail for more serious diseases or reduce your resistance to their attacks. Before you realize it, what you think is just a "cold" may develop into influenza or even pneumonia. Pneumonia may start suddenly, even without a cold. The first symptoms of pneumonia are usually chilliness or a severe chill, pain in the chest or side, headache, cough, and fever. Such symptoms mean that not a second should be lost. Go to bed and send for your doctor. Remember that pneumo nia is a communicable disease. Proper nurs ing, complete rest and reasonable isolation are absolutely essential. Lobar pneumonia is caused by many dif ferent types of the pneumonia germ-but each type is specific and can be identified. Should anyone in your family have pneu monia, your doctor will probably arrange for an immediate laboratory examination of the sputum to determine which type of pneumonia is present. <<\7tWA b FnE ffn 1Wr 1 nnffn aiEE] SlbI] ItoGB .1.. Serums are available which are highly ef fective in treating certain of the types. Not all cases of pneumonia should have serum treatment. Your doctor will decide. During the next four months it will do the most damage to those who are not on guard. If your physical resistance is lowered by overwork or unusual fatigue, too little sleep, overindulgence in food or drink, or expo sure to cold and wet, pneumonia germs may gain quick headway. At this time of the year it is a wise pre caution to have your doctor look you over very carefully to see whether or not you have diseased tonsils, sinuses, adenoids, teeth or other physical impairments which may lower resistance. You will be safer during the coming winter months if you keep your vitality high. Send for the Metropolitan's booklet, "Colds, Influenza, Pneumonia," which con tains valuable information about the pre vention and care of these diseases. Address Booklet Department 1236-N . Keep Healthy-Be Examined Regularly METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY FREDERICK H. ECKER N. ONE MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y '. LEROY A. LINCOLN Chairman of the Board Copyright. 1936, by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company President "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."