Story: Epidemics

Influenza inhaler (2nd of 3)

Influenza inhaler

This inhaler was used during the 1918 influenza pandemic to administer zinc sulfate down the throat. This was a preventative measure and was intended to limit the spread of the disease. This brass and copper inhaler was made by A. & T. Burt of Dunedin in the early 1900s. Smaller inhalers were made in large quantities by the Railways Department during the pandemic.

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How to cite this page:

Geoff Rice, 'Epidemics - The influenza era, 1890s to 1920s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2021)

Story by Geoff Rice, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 15 May 2018