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Photo of Nurses and patients at a relief hospital in Hamilton at Ballinahinch, in 1916. - Special Collections Hamilton Public Library via the Hamilton Spectator.

The 1918 Influenza Pandemic and its effect on Hamilton

From 1918-1919 The Spanish Flu killed 50 million people globally. The City of Hamilton was no exception. Dr. Ann Herring, Professor Emeritus, details the history of the pandemic, what we now understand about influenza, and in particular how Hamiltonian's dealt with the deadly virus. This public lecture will take place on November 15, 2018, 7:30 pm at South Gate Presbyterian Church — 120 Clarendon Avenue, Hamilton. A summary of recent research is featured in the October 26th edition of the Hamilton Spectator

Oct 26, 2018

The Day the Pandemic Came to Hamilton details recent research by Dr. Ann Herring and colleagues detailing the panic and confusion of Hamiltonian's during the 1918-1919 flu pandemic, the struggles of Hamilton medical workers, and in particular the work of then city pathologist Dr. W.R. Jaffrey to try to contain the illness.

Photo of Nurses and patients at a relief hospital in Hamilton at Ballinahinch, in 1916. - Special Collections Hamilton Public Library via the Hamilton Spectator.