Vintage Photos Captured People Gargling To Against The Flu From The Early 20th Century

Children at Sneed Road school gargling as a defense against influenza, 1931.

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The flu arrived as a great war raged in Europe, a conflict that would leave about 20 million people dead over four years. In 1918, the flu would kill more than twice that number – and perhaps five times as many – in just 15 months. Though mostly forgotten, it has been called “the greatest medical holocaust in history.” Continue reading »