JavaScript will update this Text

Learning from Past Flu Pandemics

As summer comes to a close and flu season ramps up, talk of H1N1 seems to be everywhere – and not just on the news. From a doctor rapping about flu prevention to an iPhone application that tracks outbreaks near you, H1N1 is the talk of the town.

New estimates show that between 30,000 and 90,000 Americans will die of the flu this year. The CDC is encouraging everyone to use common sense to avoid getting sick but preparing for the upcoming flu season also means learning from the past. The videos below provide a look back at previous flu pandemics.

(NOTE: Move mouse over clips to preview. Click clip for details.)


It is estimated that during the first documented swine flu pandemic of 1918, anywhere from 50 to 100 million people were killed worldwide.

The swine flu outbreak of 1976 intensified as fear of the new vaccines increased. Only 22% of the population received the inoculation after it was suspected of killing 3 elderly individuals. In addition, the vaccine was suspected of causing over 1,000 cases of a rare paralyzing neuromuscular disorder.
Common sense will go far to stop the spread of the flu. In April 2009, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned people to stay home if they have a fever or cough.


Only time will tell the outcome of the latest flu pandemic, but Economist Mark Sandi speculates that the global spread of swine flu will intensify the global economic downturn.

Author: Ashley McMahon, Marketing Manager
Published: Sep 3, 01:32 PM
Home « Previous

Register Now!

Sign up and get access to our entire stock footage library, free comp downloads, free research and video clip bin tools.

 

Blog Articles: