In September 1918, Philadelphians began to get very sick. Starting in the Navy Yard, sailors and then ordinary citizens, came down with a strain of Influenza that was deadly, highly infectious, and difficult to treat. Over the next 5 months, more than 15,000 people in Philadelphia would die from this version of the flu virus. But throughout the world, nearly 50 Million people would die.
To commemorate the 1918 pandemic’s role in shaping Philadelphia History, Temple University’s Center for Public History and the City of Philadelphia’s Division of Disease Control, a division of the Department of Public Health have joined forces to raise awareness of the 1918 Influenza outbreak and the need to public health preparedness in the city.
*Special thanks to Laurie Fitzpatrick for many of the photos used throughout the site.