The Flu of 1918

Lindsey jeric

 "The 1918 has gone: a year momentous as the termination of the

most cruel war in the annals of the human race; a year which marked, the end

at least for a time, of man's destruction of man; unfortunately a year in

which developed a most fatal infectious disease causing the death of

hundreds of thousands of human beings. Medical science for four and one-half

years devoted itself to putting men on the firing line and keeping them

there. Now it must turn with its whole might to combating the greatest enemy

of all--infectious disease," (12/28/1918). The flu epidemic is considered

one of the most destroying natural forces that threatened all opposing

sides. Through it's evilness shined a new hope, one that forced countries to

come together to face the biggest problem of all. The flu epidemic is

theorized to have originated in China then to Spain, which it was known as

the Spanish Flu or La Grippe, then hit home in 1918 with eleven reported

cases in Kansas. Within it's two year destruction it lowered the American

average life span by ten years and the Chicago crime rate by 43%, which is

in direct relation to the influenza. This deadly disease killed about

500,000 american lives and 30 million worldwide. It halted business and

brought economy to an all time low. Funerals were limited to fifteen minutes

and towns ran short of coffins. Bodies began to pile up and sanitation posed

another threat. Influenza was a vicious cycle that made it's toll throughout

the world. Luckily, vaccines have been created which now keep this once

epidemic, under control.





       Billings, Molly. updated

June, 1997.

       The Americans Reconstruction to the 21st Century. McDougal Littell

Inc. 2003.