Watch Chapter 1 of Influenza 1918.
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.
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.
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.