Monday, September 7, 2015

Fact of the Day: Spanish Flu

During 1918 a massive pandemic of Spanish Flu spread across the world. It killed millions, many of whom were healthy young adults. It was discovered that it had caused a deadly over-reaction of the immune system, which left those with a weaker immune system (children and the elderly) with a higher chance of surviving than usual. 

17 comments:

DeniseinVA said...

Fascinating and deadly.

Lux G. said...

How sad. But with all the vaccines and medicines today, I'd say we've come a long way.

Huggybear said...

The name is of this flu variety is not correct.
Anyone really interested in the cause should google.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1918_flu_pandemic

Spain had no wartime press restrictions in WW1 as other countries
involved in the war did.
There is a theory that it was started in Kansas and carried to Europe by US soldiers????
So it seems that as Spain first reported this epidemic the name "Spanish flu" stuck.
Quite strange really but it sure was a deadly world wide epidemic and killed millions!
B J Hunnicut of a M A S H unit that thankfully didn't have to cope with Spanish flu.

Emmylou said...

Scary times:( But I honestly didn't know that tidbit about the children and elderly having a higher chance of survival. Very interesting.

NanaDiana said...

How sad! I didn't know exactly what the Spanish Flu was. Just popping in to say Hi- will be back to blogging regularly in a bit. Hugs-Diana

Martha said...

Very scary period!

Christine said...

Terrible and awful times.

Pat Hatt said...

Hopefully we never see a flu like it again

Margaret D said...

Similar to flue today, young and the elderly...

A Beer for the Shower said...

The flu can be quite scary. We both had a childhood friend who died of the H1N1 flu when that was a thing a few years ago, and he was a fairly healthy adult in his 20s.

Mary Kirkland said...

That's some scary stuff.

stephen Hayes said...

My mother was named after an older sister who died from this at the age of five.

Blue Grumpster said...

I know. It was horrible.

Linda said...

Sad.

Linda said...

Sad.

Jake's a Girl said...

It was a sad sad time. It was the year my dad was born and I remember well listening to my grandmother talk about it and being terrified it would take her newborn. She kept the other children home from school and they stayed in. My grandfather went to work and was blessed not to catch the flu or bring it home to his family. My grandmother said she had never prayed so hard in her life as she did during that time.

bj said...

I know it must have been terrible...afraid for your children and other loved ones.