Colorado Gears Up For Another Flu Season In The Shadow Of 1918 Influenza Pandemic

After a nasty flu season in 2017 and another one brewing this year, doctors are again calling for anyone 6 months or older to get vaccinated.

The good news is, Colorado’s tangle with the flu in 2018 is unlikely be worse than it was 100 years ago during the 1918 influenza pandemic. It was one of the world’s deadliest disease outbreaks, infecting a third of  Colorado’s population and killing around 5,000 people.

State epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy spoke with Colorado Matters about the state’s history with the pandemic outbreak which likely started just over the state line in Kansas.

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