The Great Flu Epidemic of 1918: Can We Prevent It Happening Again? Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
The influenza epidemic of 1918-19, the so-called “Spanish Flu,” was one of the worst pandemics in history. It killed between 20 and 50 million people --- more than died fighting in the First World War, which was raging at the same time. This talk will discuss how it happened; why it was so hard to bring under control; what we have learned about epidemics, immunology and vaccines since then; and how prepared the medical and scientific communities are to prevent a similarly catastrophic outbreak in the future.