American Experience interviewed Dr. Shirley Fannin in 1997. Fannin is a pediatrician specializing in epidemiology and infectious disease in Los Angeles.
After the the worldwide 1918 influenza pandemic, there was one key question: Could it happen again?
When influenza began to cut its deadly path across the U.S. in the autumn of 1918, it did so with such speed and fatal efficiency that some believed sinister forces were at work.
Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service, Rupert Blue was in command of health officers and quarantine stations during the 1918 flu epidemic.