Tag Archives: 1918 flu pandemic

The Distance Between Us: The Implications of Pandemic Influenza in 1918-1919

By Esyllt W. Jones For a historian of pandemic influenza these are uncanny days. The past is colliding with the present. As if a thread has emerged, now, connecting us with those who faced, in their own ways, a globally shared experience in 1918-1919. A group of nurses in High River, Alberta, wear face masks in an attempt to ward… Read more »

The Vaccination Experience: Historical Insights from Children and Families

By Mona Gleason The recent outbreak of measles in North America has again raised questions about why small numbers of parents refuse to have their children vaccinated, despite clear and commanding evidence of its safety and efficacy in preventing disease.[1]¬† Despite these outliers, the vast majority of Canadian families take advantage of publically funded immunization programs to protect their children… Read more »