American Experience interviewed Dr. Shirley Fannin in 1997. Fannin is a pediatrician specializing in epidemiology and infectious disease in Los Angeles.
In March 1997, a team of pathologists published a report concerning the discovery of genetic material from the influenza of 1918.
The Philadelphia Bureau of Public Health had issued a bulletin about the so-called Spanish Influenza as early as July 1918.
While possible origins of this influenza were debated and investigated, one fact remained inescapable: it was deadly.