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Emergency Responders and Pandemics

A LibGuide detailing some historic pandemics and emergency responses to them.

What was the 1918 Flu Pandemic?

Prior to COVID-19, the 1918 influenza pandemic (commonly referred to as the Spanish Flu) was the most severe pandemic in recent history. A strain of the H1N1 virus, this virus took the lives of over 50 million people worldwide. A unique aspect of this pandemic is its high mortality rates for healthy people aged 20-40 years old.

Read more about this pandemic on the CDC website.

The 1918 Flu Pandemic Information

IFSI Resources

Linked below are materials that can be found at the IFSI Library. More books, articles, and other resources can be found by searching our catalog.