OLLI: 1918 Influenza Pandemic

OLLI: 1918 Influenza Pandemic

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Regional Hospital, Pavilion 501 E. St. Anthony Drive




(812) 237-2336


With Kathryn Berlin, Indiana State University Acting Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Applied Health Sciences Cost: Free From the summer of 1918 to the spring of 1919 a worldwide epidemic of deadly influenza killed millions. In those few months millions of Americans caught the flu and almost 700,000 died, more than all who died in America's wars combined except the Civil War. The medical system was overwhelmed and government at all levels struggled to respond. The epidemic left few families, rich or poor, untouched. When it arrived, communities faced a crisis as hospitals filled, doctors and nurses worked virtually around the clock and volunteers stepped forward to care for the sick and dying. This presentation and discussion will focus on an overview of what happened, why it was so deadly and whether it can happen again.