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.
As a doctor during the Spanish-American War, Vaughan witnessed the devastating effects of typhoid. But that paled in comparison to the horrible death brought on by influenza in 1918.
Early 20th-century scientists struggled to understand the source of the deadly 1918 influenza epidemic and how best to prevent it.