1918 Flu Pandemic In S.C. | History In A Nutshell - Episode 1


In January of 1918, a deadly H1N1 strain of Influenza called the "Spanish Flu" began sweeping across the globe. This flu, also known as "Strain A" or "Avian Flu", took its toll worldwide, infecting mainly young adults, and even South Carolinians had to face this flu without any real forms of medicine. This video briefly explains how the Pandemic first arrived in South Carolina, along with its socio-economic effects, and measures taken to combat its spread. Protection against the flu would finally appear in 1938, with the development of the flu vaccine by Jonas Salk and Thomas Francis.