Our educational video interviews are grouped into six categories. The BACKGROUND section discusses the pre-1918 history of influenza and the state of medicine leading up to 1918. THE PANDEMIC discusses the 3 theories of the origin of the Spanish Flu and leads you through the three waves , between 1918 and 1920 . LESSONS LEARNED explains why the pandemic was so lethal and how its effects varied widely by geographical region and culture. GLOBAL IMPACT provides a tour of the world where you can hear stories about the impact on different countries, regions and cities. In SEQUENCING THE GENOME, Jeff Taubenberger, MD, PhD, discusses how he and his team recovered samples from Spanish Flu victims and reconstructed its genetic code. Finally, FLU VACCINES &TREATMENTS examines the development of early vaccines, discusses today's vaccines and anti-viral medications and presents information on the various approaches that are underway to develop a universal flu vaccine.
This section provides background on Influenza, it's effect of history and the state of medicine leading up to 1918. It provides an overview of the scientific and social realities of the early 20th century, which is key to understanding the Spanish Flu and the attempts to prevent, treat and contain its spread.
This section features a discussion of the suspected origins of the Spanish Flu, an overview of the Three Waves of the pandemic and a discussion of how the Spanish Flu impacted the various corners of the globe.
Over 100 years has passed since the Spanish Flu pandemic. In this section our panel discusses why the Spanish Flu was so lethal, discoveries that were made by scientists "under fire", why different populations and cultures were more or less susceptible, effective measures and quackery and more.
Learn how the Spanish Flu impacted different, regions, countries and cities around the globe and why mortality varied widely.
Jeffrey Taubenberger, MD, PhD of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was responsible for sequencing the genome of the Spanish Flu. In this section he describes the process and what was learned.
Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH and William Schaffner, MD, discuss Influenza Vaccines and Anti-Viral Treatments.
Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH and William Schaffner, MD, discuss the challenges faced by Healthcare Workers and Patients dealing with seasonsal influenza during the Covid-19 pandemic.