WWI reflection series to explore flu pandemic on Nov. 6

Professor of Nursing Dr. Mary Tarbox will explore how the flu pandemic during WWI changed the world’s view of contagious diseases and treatment of disease in the course of her discussion “The Great Flu and Modern Medicine” on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Mercy on Mount Mercy University’s campus.

The world’s most infamous flu pandemic festered in January 1918 and by December 1920 it had killed 3 to 5 percent of the world’s population and had taken a huge toll on WWI soldiers. The Great Flu—also called the Spanish Flu—became one of the deadliest infectious disease epidemics in history.

“With flu season quickly approaching, and vaccination clinics readying supplies to fight the virus this year, we’re reminded of the precautions available to help us stay healthy today,” said Dr. Tarbox. “It’s important to discuss and remember pandemics like the Great Flu of 1918 to prevent history from repeating itself. With infectious diseases in the headlines today, the public health lessons learned in the Great Flu outbreak are more important than ever.”

This forum is the last lecture of the WWI event series before the finale of poetry and song on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The finale will end the university’s semester-long exploration as 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the war.

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