American Experience interviewed Dr. Shirley Fannin in 1997. Fannin is a pediatrician specializing in epidemiology and infectious disease in Los Angeles.
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.
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.
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.