Using the following documents, analyze responses to the spread of influenza



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The Question:

Using the following documents, analyze responses to the spread of influenza in the early twentieth century.


Historical Background: The influenza pandemic of 1918–1919 killed an estimated 50 million people, many more than the total fatalities of the First World War. Approximately 20%–40% of the global population became ill.
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The Main Ideas:

  • Document 1

  • POV – Medical Doctor’s Letter to Friend – 1918

  • 100 deaths per day in U.S. Army base [Massachusetts]

  • Worse than even battles in France




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