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Influenza 1918

Season 10 Episode 5 | 51m 32s | Video has closed captioning.

Influenza 1918 is the story of the worst epidemic the United States has ever known. Before it was over, the flu would kill more than 600,000 Americans - more than all the combat deaths of this century combined.

Aired: 01/18/10

Expired: 07/31/20

Rating: TV-PG

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