We Heard the Bells: The Influenza of 1918

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We Heard the Bells: The Influenza of 1918 – Department of Health and Human Services – January 2010 – In 1918-1919, the worst flu in recorded history killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide. The U.S. death toll was 675,000 – five times the number of U.S. soldiers killed in World War I. Where did the 1918 flu come from? Why was it so lethal? What did we learn? – Study materials are available at http://www.avianflue.gov/weheardthebells/


Hank Justice says:

The first flu you get is imprinted into your immune system.  Subsequent flu exposures will elicit this first immune response above all else. This is known as the "original anti-genetic sin."  This defines which flu group or cohort you belong to.  Outside of your cohort, those not exposed to either the current H or N variety will suffer the most.The origins of the 1918 flu started in Canada with the 1872 (Sept) epizootic equine influenza outbreak.  Horses died by the millions.  Geronimo and the Army soldiers that year ran around on foot for several weeks.  They had no horses.  Also the Boston fire that same year, shows fire wagons being pulled by people, not horses.  The horses were sick or dead.  Since chickens ran free pecking in the horse stalls, soon (Nov 1872) they too died by the thousands. Thus, the horse equine flu component made the jump to birds.  Then the bird and horse components "festered" in the cohort of children from 1872 to 1917, when the jump to humans occurred.  Those cohort of children during those years went on to represent the 25-40 year olds by 1918. They had a very high percentage of  TB also.  When hit with this new flu, the immune response was incorrect, the white cell count fell rapidly and allowed, along with the TB tubercules, a rapid and fatal sepsis. 

Fleur Bandito says:

Florence of Baltimore @ 13:00 is so cute.  I think I love her.

Vic N says:

Anybody have any good teacher worksheets for this documentary?

chosanzapan says:

Got it! Thanxs for the info.
Got a tip for you: som fruits, like grape and berries are very helpful to protect us from virus and bacteriae. They nurture our inmuno system. Plus, if you take 5 minutes every day to breathe with conciousness, you'll hardly get ill. No matter how resistant and dangerous the bug is. Our organism rules and our mentality is the master… That's the truth they won't tell you, they don't want us to know how powerful, strong & wonderful we are.

chosanzapan says:

What's NDM-1?

jblackburn81 says:

Close. Franklin Delano Roosevelt said it.

kristian jirasek says:

dayum wrong time period 😀 i meant in 1347–1351
and in a history book that i have say that 1/2 of the europeen population died.40-50million.

chosanzapan says:

Wasn´t Eleanor Roosevelt who said that we only had to face fear?

chosanzapan says:

Influenza virus changes every year, and changes so fast that there will NEVER BE AN EFFECTIVE VACCINE for it, but it isn't strong enough to kill a healthy human being. In fact, vaccination is both useless and dangerous
War and poverty mean poor life conditions, that will increase the chance to die by influenza or another disease and will speed up the virus to evolve and become more deadly
Our body can manage influenza, but can't manage food lack
So many diseases in 3rd world. Let's give'em food

chosanzapan says:

Influenza starts every year in Asia and moves west, to Europe and then to America
1918: There was a cruel war in Europe, wich meant unacceptable life conditions for millions. The virus flowered through all that depressed human systems
Spain is located in western Europe, and wasn't in war, so there was no censorship in Spain and became the first country to freely report the influenza consecuences and so history recorded the 1918 influenza as the Spanish influenza.

papwalker99 says:

The story of Dr. Johan Hultin's two efforts to retrieve the virus is an epic in itself. Gina Kolata's book Flu outlines the contribution of this amazing fellow who in 1997, at the age of 72, finally retrieved specimens from 1918 flu victims buried in the permafrost in Brevik.

mobrage says:

Not true. The Flu was far less deadly than, for example, the Black plague that killed most of those it infected. The high death count of the Flu was due to the large number of infected people. As many as a third of the world population got infected. Most lived, many died.

kristian jirasek says:

1/2 of the european population died then 🙁

Verum Similis says:

..cytokine storm

Abdulai Iddrisu says:

this is a different documentary. .

deathman6711 says:

this vid makes me happy. the bell where not of sadness but of joy. This made us stronger as a species. all the happy faces like the one at 01:02 make me so glad this happened

deathman6711 says:

This is a sob story, grow some balls

sarahlbauder says:

Is this the Influenza documentary done by American Experience? They had it on their website for the longest time, but it expired in January 2013….

Diane Greene says:

my uncle rudy was drafted for wwi in 1918. he went off on the train to boot camp and two weeks later the train brought him home in a box. he was the only member of the family to get the flu.

funpete says:

thanks for your comments on the flu on youtube… another chapter – read about the orphan trains.

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