Essay PreviewMore ↓
It was time to bring in the crops--this was one of the best years I'd ever had. For the first time in a long time, I was looking forward to getting into the field to gather the crop I'd worked so hard to grow. A farmer's life is never easy, but this was my year. I'd managed to get more land, and I was way past the days of just putting food on my family's table. The fall of 1918 turned out to be one of the worst times of my life. I had a rather large family--two boys and two girls. They were all teenagers in 1918. My wife, my children, and I all lived in Riley County, Kansas. Fort Riley's Camp Funston brought a lot of activity into the area. In the fall of 1918, there were soldiers there preparing to go overseas to join in the battles. The soldiers brought new life to our community, as well as chaos. We were happy, for the most part, to have the soldiers around our community, until their presence proved too costly.
As I mentioned, in September of 1918, I was eager to get to the fall harvesting. All of my children were excited and ready to help, as they knew the harvest would bring money into the household. We'd heard about the influenza at Camp Funston, and I'd told my family to steer clear of any wayward soldiers. My youngest son began to hang around the camp, against my wishes, in order to see what was occurring there. He and his friends made a habit of sneaking around the outside. We'd managed since the spring to avoid influenza. We heard from workers inside the fort that the soldiers were dying quickly, but we all assumed that it would stay inside the camp and away from our families.
Little by little, in the fall, influenza began to creep into the communities around the camp. I thought I was fortunate in that none of my neighbors worked in or near Camp Funston, and I didn't expect to have to deal with any sickness. My family was warned, and everyone in the communities around the camp was being as careful as possible to keep the influenza from spreading. Then my son brought influenza, the soldiers' problem, into our family.
How to Cite this Page
"The Influenza." 123HelpMe.com. 26 Jun 2019
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- The vaccine that was chosen for this report is the influenza vaccine. Influenza, also called the flu, is an acute viral infection of the upper or lower respiratory tract. (The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica) This specific topic was chosen due to the fact that the influenza virus, or the flu virus, is such a well known and common illness. The flu affects people all across the world on a daily basis because it is very hard to fight. The illness has many different forms which causes problems for doctors and people every year.... [tags: Influenza, Influenza vaccine, Influenza pandemic]
1654 words (4.7 pages)
- A high public health threat across the globe affecting thousands of people is the influenza virus and the different strains that recently evolved. Influenza viruses are said to be pathogenic and can be highly contagious when not properly treated immediately (Pfleiderer et al, 2014). This deadly virus has affected countless regions or areas throughout the earth for hundreds of years. Over the span of years, researchers have been studying and reproducing various new influenza vaccines due to the high rates of mortality and disease caused by this prevalent virus.... [tags: Influenza, Influenza vaccine, Pandemic]
875 words (2.5 pages)
- You may have read that President Obama declared a “National Emergency” over the weekend to deal with the “rapid increase in illness” from the H1N1 influenza virus. The news release went on to say this declaration is not tied to the current case count, but was more so designated to allow the federal government more power to help states by lifting bureaucratic requirements –both in treating patients and moving equipment. I felt the timing of this announcement afforded an opportunity to distribute some additional information to you.... [tags: Influenza, Influenza vaccine]
711 words (2 pages)
- Each year in the United States, flu outbreaks begin as early as October. Peak flu season happens between December and February. Influenza is a very contagious illness that is caused by a flu virus that can cause mild to severe illness in adults and children. Older people and young children are more susceptible to the illness, and in some cases, it can result in hospitalization. In serious cases with other complications, the flu can result in death. Definition & Facts The flu or influenza can present with the same symptoms as the common cold.... [tags: Influenza, Common cold, Asthma]
1009 words (2.9 pages)
- “I made money rapidly,” Charles Sligh explained, “The demands for flowers frequently were so great that all the florists in this community exhausted their supply daily, and the prices of everything were very high then.”1 Along with florists, funeral directors, and orderlies were also making a killing during World War One. “The undertaker which was half a block away from me had pine boxes on the sidewalk, pilled high. Me and two of my friends would go down there and play on those boxes; it was like playing on the pyramids.”2 Although business was booming for these professions, it was not because of the war.... [tags: The Great Influenza Pandemic]
2713 words (7.8 pages)
- The Influenza It was time to bring in the crops--this was one of the best years I'd ever had. For the first time in a long time, I was looking forward to getting into the field to gather the crop I'd worked so hard to grow. A farmer's life is never easy, but this was my year. I'd managed to get more land, and I was way past the days of just putting food on my family's table. The fall of 1918 turned out to be one of the worst times of my life. I had a rather large family--two boys and two girls.... [tags: Spanish Influenza Essays]
854 words (2.4 pages)
- Influenza, Avian Influenza, and the Impacts of Past and Looming Pandemics Avian influenza is a disease that has been wreaking havoc on human populations since the 16th century. With the recent outbreak in 1997 of a new H5N1 avian flu subtype, the world has begun preparing for a pandemic by looking upon its past affects. In the 20th Century, the world witnessed three pandemics in the years of 1918, 1957, and 1968. In 1918 no vaccine, antibiotic, or clear recognition of the disease was known. Killing over 40 million in less than a year, the H1N1 strain ingrained a deep and lasting fear of the virus throughout the world.... [tags: Biology Medical Influenza Disease]
1865 words (5.3 pages)
- Cases of Influenza ST. LOUIS, Missouri.--The State Health Department has confirmed that there have been 666 new cases of influenza today, 134 more since yesterday. Also it has been confirmed, sadly, that there has been 59 deaths, up 15 since yesterday, and making the grand total at 5,067 deaths in just three weeks. 21 of the deaths recorded yesterday were of pneumonia. Thus this epidemic seems to weaken the body so much that it is not the only cause of death, pneumonia is as well. As we keep track of the new cases and of the fatal ones, they have urged the public to stay calm as they are trying to do everything in their power to put an end to this.... [tags: Journalism Influenza Health Essays]
727 words (2.1 pages)
- Final Project: Hemagglutinin Abstract Hemagglutinin is membrane protein found on the influenza virus. This project focuses on hemagglutinin subtype H1, the one involved in the 1918 Spanish influenza. The project concentrates on explaining the structure and function of the protein, while trying to give an accurate account of the molecular interactions between the protein and the host cell membrane. Specifically, hemagglutinin is a protein composed of three monomer protein strands. Each monomer consists of three important subdomains called the fusion subdomain, the receptor binding subdomain, and the vestigial esterase subdomain.... [tags: Influenza Virus Flu]
1298 words (3.7 pages)
- New York and the Spanish Influenza NEW YORK--Although public health officials, including the Surgeon General, have been reluctant to declare an epidemic of crisis proportions, indications that something more than a mild flu season was at hand began to appear as far back as May when reports from China, the Front lines, and other places around the world, were telling of large numbers of people becoming suddenly ill.1 Few deaths were acknowledged in those early reports and most reports indicated the illness only lasted a few days.... [tags: Influenza Epidemics Health Essays]
1342 words (3.8 pages)
My son began to feel ill. He had a fever, chills, and a headache. A day after he began to feel badly, he started to cough incessantly, he was thoroughly congested, and he began to turn blue. His fingernails and toes were blue, and his face turned a deep blue color. He gasped for every breath the day that his color began to change. There was nothing we could do--we made him comfortable. We gave him his own room, no one but his mother, the doctor, and I entered the room. The doctor wore a mask, my wife and I washed our hands and tried not to get too close to him. We wanted to comfort him, but we knew the disease would kill us all if we weren't careful.
The doctor made a point of telling us that the soldiers he was seeing were in large numbers--he confirmed the rumors that the disease was very contagious. The doctor had no way of curing or even helping my son, and he could not be at our home for long, as he was needed desperately at Camp Funston, where the soldiers were continuing to die. My son died in four days, struggling for every last breath on his last day alive. We were relieved to see his suffering end, but we couldn't waste time mourning him after he died. We burnt his sheets and clothing and buried him as quickly as possible. My wife became sick shortly thereafter--she began to notice stiffness and a dull headache, and then she had chills along with a high fever. The disease took her in two days, and she died as my son had--gasping for each breath and changing color.
Within a few weeks, all of the farms near ours had sick families. My remaining children had the flu for months before they felt well. I tried bringing in the crops alone, but I failed. I didn't have time to nurse my family back to health and tend to my land. I brought in just enough to feed everyone, and I lost the rest of my crops. The neighboring farms didn't manage to bring in their crops either--the fall brought the biggest financial and personal loss that we'd suffered to that date. The soldiers and families in our county continued to die, through the winter. I nursed my family back to health through the winter, just barely managing to feed them. Influenza finally began to die down in our county, leaving tens of thousands dead.
Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy. Pandemic Influenza: 1918-1919 (Spanish Flu).
Rod Daniels. In Search of an Enigma: "The Spanish Lady". National Institute for Medical Research. 1998.
N.R. Grist. Copy of letter written September 29, 1918.
Lori Goodson. Pandemic. The Manhattan Mercury. March 1, 1998.