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Documentaries on the 1918 Flu Pandemic

The Flu That Killed 50 Million 
It is 1918 and the end of WWI. Millions have died, and the world is exhausted by war. But soon a new horror is sweeping the world, a terrifying virus that will kill more than fifty million people - the Spanish flu. Using dramatic reconstruction and eyewitness testimony from doctors, soldiers, civilians and politicians, this one-off special brings to life the onslaught of the disease, the horrors of those who lived through it and the efforts of the pioneering scientists desperately looking for the cure. Narrated by Christopher Eccleston, the film also asks whether, a century later, the lessons learnt in 1918 might help us fight a future global flu pandemic. (BBC)

We Heard the Bells - The Influenza of 1918
In 1918–1919, the worst flu in recorded history killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide. The U.S. death toll was 675,000—five times the number of U.S. soldiers killed in World War I. Where did the 1918 flu come from? Why was it so lethal? What did we learn? (FedFlix)