The Spanish flu outbreak of 1918 wasn’t the first pandemic to sweep America.
In the late 1800s, smallpox ravaged the nation. In New York City, the mid-century death rate from the disease hit 21.9 people per 100,000. In nearby Pennsylvania, by 1900 the disease had killed thousands.
There was a vaccine. And it worked. Some of the time. And there were side-effects.
The solution? A cross-cultural effort that combined French ingenuity with American innovation.
You can read the full story in my first book, The Spirit of Swiftwater, a chronicle of the pioneers of immunization who fought the odds to revolutionize healthcare in America.