Story: Epidemics

Influenza instructions to nurses

This poster, published by the New Plymouth Public Health Committee, gives detailed instructions to those nursing influenza patients in 1918. Cases are divided into mild, serious, extreme and delirium. Listen to people who lived through the pandemic describing flu patients suffering from delirium.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-B-HEALTH-1918-01

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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 2 July 2022)

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