The Mother of All Pandemics: Influenza, at the Indiana State Library

This Thursday, February 11 the Indiana State Library presents “The Mother of All Pandemics: Influenza,” an examination of flu pandemics in Indianapolis history. This Indianapolis event goes from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Join Kimberly Brown Harden, an Indiana Collection Librarian, as she leads attendees through State Board of Health Reports and other state documents that have played a role in major flu pandemics. As usual this event is FREE to all Indianapolis people.

Winter is making its presence known with cold blasts of snow and ice across the United States. That can mean only one thing: flu season is in full swing. Flu season occurs during the cold half of the year in each hemisphere. Influenza, commonly called the flu, is an infectious disease characterized by severe cold like symptoms and intestinal discomfort.

A flu pandemic is an outbreak of the flu that spreads world wide, effecting a large part of the population. These are quiet different from flu seasons, which last only regionally and are generally gone from the population within six weeks. Pandemics happen irregularly and can result in high mortality rates. Prior to the H1N1 flu pandemic of 2009, there were three other notable flu pandemics throughout the world: the Spanish flu of 1918, the Asian Flu of 1957 and the Hong Kong Flu of 1968.

Learn all about the role Indiana played in each of these pandemics at the Indiana State Library, Thursday, February 11. For additional information, visit the Indiana State Library’s official website.

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“The Mother of All Pandemics: Influenza”
Thursday, February 11 at 5:30 pm

Indiana State Library
140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204