AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Influenza 1918 Series

Lectures curated around American Experience: Influenza, the story of the worst epidemic the United States has ever known. Early in the morning of March 11, 1918, a young private reported to the Army hospital at Fort Riley, Kansas, complaining of fever, sore throat, and headache. Then, another sick soldier appeared, then another and another. By noon, the hospital had more than one hundred cases; in a week, there were five hundred. Forty-eight soldiers died at Fort Riley that spring. No one knew why. Before it was over, the flu would kill more than 600,000 Americans — more than all the combat deaths of this century combined. Related programs: PBS NewsHour: H1N1 Flu: The Next Pandemic? PBS NewsHour: WHO Declares Global Swine Flu Pandemic NPR: Flu Pandemic Much Milder Than Expected NPR: Swine Flu Hits Pandemic Level NPR: When Is A Pandemic Not A Pandemic?

Lectures curated around American Experience: Influenza, the story of the worst epidemic the United States has ever known. Early in the morning of March 11, 1918, a young private reported to the Army hospital at Fort Riley, Kansas, complaining of fever, sore throat, and headache. Then, another sick soldier appeared, then another and another. By noon, the hospital had more than one hundred cases; in a week, there were five hundred. Forty-eight soldiers died at Fort Riley that spring. No one knew why. Before it was over, the flu would kill more than 600,000 Americans — more than all the combat deaths of this century combined. Related programs: PBS NewsHour: H1N1 Flu: The Next Pandemic? PBS NewsHour: WHO Declares Global Swine Flu Pandemic NPR: Flu Pandemic Much Milder Than Expected NPR: Swine Flu Hits Pandemic Level NPR: When Is A Pandemic Not A Pandemic?