CDC Releases 1918 pandemic flu storybook.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released an online storybook containing narratives from survivors, families, and friends about one of the largest scourges ever on human kind--the 1918 influenza pandemic that killed millions of people around the world. The storybook provides valuable insight for public health officials preparing for the possibility of another pandemic sometime in our future.

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic. The Internet storybook contains about 50 stories from individuals from 24 states around the country as well as photos and narrative videos from the storytellers.

"Complacency is enemy number one when it comes to preparing for another influenza pandemic," said CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding. "These stories, told so eloquently by survivors, family members, and friends from past pandemics, serve as a sobering reminder of the devastating impact that influenza can have and reading them is a must for anyone involved in public health...

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