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Have influenza pandemics occurred in the past?

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Influenza pandemics have occurred more than once.

  • Spanish influenza killed 40-50 million people in 1918.
  • Asian influenza killed 2 million people in 1957.
  • Hong Kong influenza killed 1 million people in 1968.

From: Pandemics WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

World Health Organization: “Disease Outbreaks.”

World Health Organization: “Ten things you need to know about pandemic influenza.”

PandemicFlu.gov: “Planning & Response - Swine Flu.”

PandemicFlu.gov: “Community Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Mitigation.”

PandemicFlu.gov: “Individuals and Families Planning.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 2, 2020

SOURCES:

World Health Organization: “Disease Outbreaks.”

World Health Organization: “Ten things you need to know about pandemic influenza.”

PandemicFlu.gov: “Planning & Response - Swine Flu.”

PandemicFlu.gov: “Community Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Mitigation.”

PandemicFlu.gov: “Individuals and Families Planning.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 2, 2020

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