Nonetheless, we’re hearing about Legionnaire’s disease lurking in stagnant plumbing systems and an approaching flu season as summer gives way to fall.

Can we please change the channel? We wish. Here’s what you need to know. As facilities re-open following a long COVID-related dormancy, they need a plan to eliminate the Legionnaire’s threat by testing water and flushing pipes as necessary. This could be an issue at recreational facilities and your office just as it could be with your local public school. Legionella bacteria, which cause a serious form of pneumonia, love the relatively warm summer temperatures of recent months.

Next up, flu shots. Nearly all of us need them this year. According to the Center for Disease Control, it is a mistake to get yours too early—e.g., in August, because effectiveness can wane before the end of the winter season. However, it takes a few weeks after receiving a shot for antibodies to form, so it’s also risky to wait too long. Late September and Early October are just about right. In many cases, you can take care of this at a local pharmacy.



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