Are we better prepared than we were for the great influenza pandemic of 1918?
In 1918, the great influenza pandemic killed as many people in 11 months as the medieval Black Death did in four years. Ultimately, at least 50 million may have perished. The most damaging epidemic of influenza – for Canada and the world, appeared during the First World War. The Spanish flu of 1918–19 killed between 20 and 100 million people, including about 30,000–50,000 Canadians.