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Quickly Noted: Pan Flu Stories Needed

March 5, 2008

Flu Beds I saw an advertisement the other day in the APHA newspaper for something I saw on the CDC COCA listserv and it reminded me that I wanted to pass it along to you all.

Apparently, in commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the 1918 Spanish Flu, which killed between 50 and 100 million people worldwide, the CDC is collecting family stories from the event.  I can’t imagine how amazing it will be to read how people learned to deal with a situation like this.  I’m totally looking forward to this getting published someday soon.

The advert says the following:

For more information or to share your family’s story, email shoskins@cdc.gov or call (404) 639-7232.

I also found this form (PDF, also saved on my del.icio.us page as well) when looking for more information online.  It’s got Ms. Hoskins’ contact information on it as well, but collects some more information.

If you know anyone that might be able to relate a story from the Spanish flu, please pass this information along.  If nothing else, it will keep us from forgetting all of the terrible lessons we learned nearly ninety years ago.

For more information on Spanish flu experiences, I encourage everyone to read this powerful story (PDF), written by a young Philadelphia doctor enlisted to help fight the flu.

Image borrowed – gratefully – from Dartmouth Medicine Magazine.

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