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Saturday, May 5 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Pandemic in Real Life: Influenza 1918 and 2018

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A deadly contagion begins in animals kept at a military facility, then mutates to infect thousands of soldiers. From there, it spreads worldwide, killing more people than the war itself.

The plot of a horror movie? Perhaps -- but it's also the story of the 1918 "Spanish" flu.

This session will review some factors that made the 1918 flu so deadly, and what we've learned about influenza over the past century. Why are CDC researchers concerned with small-scale agricultural techniques? What are the differences between the flu vaccine year to year, and brand to brand? Ways to predict, prevent, and treat influenza will be discussed.


Saturday May 5, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT