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The National Archives


February 2021

Public Health and the 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic

February 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Online TalkOne hundred years ago, the 1918 influenza pandemic wrought havoc across the globe. The first wave of the ‘flu appeared in the spring of 1918, followed by a more virulent second wave in the autumn, and a third wave in the spring of 1919. In total, it is estimated that the epidemic claimed 225,000 lives in Britain. While the end of the First World War has overshadowed the pandemic in history books, and within collective memory, recent scholarship has…

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