The world’s deadliest influenza pandemic — known as the Spanish Flu — swept across Canada between 1918 and 1919. With no effective vaccine or treatment available, the virus infected Canadians living in cities, towns, and farms. Approximately 55,000 Canadians died; most of the casualties were young adults. This new display examines the lasting impact of the influenza pandemic in Canada.
Presented by Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation – and developed by Canadian Geographic Enterprises, Unmasking Influenza is a travelling display that showcases artifacts from the collections of the Museum of Health Care in Kingston and from the City of Ottawa.