Watch Chapter 1 of Influenza 1918.
Read a detailed timeline of the 1918 epidemic that ultimately killed upwards of 600,000 people.
In the spring of 1918, as the nation mobilized for war, Private Albert Gitchell reported to an army hospital in Kansas. He was diagnosed with the flu, a disease doctors knew little about.
The surprise pandemic of 1918 shook Americans’ confidence in the medical establishment that had previously found vaccines for other lethal diseases.