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      Red Cross Nurses Prepare to Tend to Influenza Victims During WWI, as Hannan Would Have

      Katherine Hannan: The intrepid nurse who battled the deadliest flu pandemic in history

      Some 50 million people would succumb to the Spanish influenza outbreak of 1918. And this Johnson & Johnson employee went out of her way to be at the very front lines of caring for the sick.
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      3D illustration of influenza virus on grey background

      Fighting the flu: 18 pivotal moments in history that have brought us closer to a cure

      When it struck, the 1918 flu pandemic—one of the deadliest outbreaks on record—killed up to 50 million. As flu season begins, we look at how far we’ve come in fighting the viral infection, including promising work being done on a universal vaccine.