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March 23, 2019
2:00 PM
Edgell Memorial Library
3 Oak St
Framingham, MA
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Framingham & The Flu: 1918 Pandemic

Saturday, March 23, 2019

How did Framingham manage to avoid the catastrophic death rates from the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic? Join us as two public health experts review the measures put in place by the Framingham Health and Tuberculosis Demonstration Project (1916-1923) and how these drastically reduced the incidence of death from the flu locally. Kathy Hursen, former Framingham Public Health Nurse, and Dr. Alfred DeMaria Jr., retired Medical Director and State Epidemiologist at the Mass. Bureau of Infectious Disease, will present Framingham’s public health legacy during WWI and during a pandemic that took 50 million lives worldwide. Dr. DeMaria will speak to the large scale pandemic and Kathy will bring the discussion home to Framingham with the demonstration project, the impact of the flu, troops stationed at the Musterfield, and the eventual creation of the Framingham Heart Study.