Read about the 1918 influenza pandemic and progress made in preparedness and response.
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Learn about advancements in CDC research and pandemic response over the past 100 years.
Message from Principal Deputy Director
Anne Schuchat, MD (RADM, USPHS)
For more than 70 years, CDC has used its scientific expertise and resources to address the continuing threat and burden of influenza. The 1918 pandemic, and other recent flu pandemics, not only illustrate the threat of disease but the incredible strides made in our medical and scientific infrastructure. Today we have tools to detect, prevent, diagnose, and treat disease; clarify dynamic circumstances of pandemics; and save lives. CDC marks the 100-year commemoration in memory of the lives lost, with gratitude for the progress made, and in recognition of the additional preparation needed for future emerging threats.
1918 Pandemic Video
Ask a CDC Scientist: Dr. Terrence Tumpey and the Reconstruction of the 1918 Pandemic Virus
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