Action Speaks!

AS220, October 4, 2006

photo: Viera Levitt

1918, The Flu Epidemic

Twenty-five million people died of the Spanish flu, but few recall the details of the pandemic today. With the advent of avian flu come new fears and new preparedness efforts, but how much concern is too much-or not enough? Issues of crisis communications, class-based medical services, media hype, and epidemics and globalization will be discussed by Dr. David Gifford, head of the RI Health Department; artist and activist Jay Critchley; Dr. Kirsty Duncan, medical geographer and author of Hunting The 1918 Flu: One Scientist's Search For A Killer Virus; and Dr. Leonard A. Mermel, Medical Director for the Department of Epidemiology and Infection Control at the Rhode Island Hospital.
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