Influenza Broadside (1918)

TREASURY DEPARTMENT UNITED STATES PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE INFLUENZA Spread by Droplets sprayed from Nose and Throat Cover each COUGH and SNEEZE with handkerchief. Spread by contact. AVOID CROWDS. If possible, WALK TO WORK. Do not spit on floor or sidewalk. Do not use common drinking cups and common towels. Avoid excessive fatigue. If taken ill, go to bed and send for a doctor. The above applies also to colds, bronchitis, pneumonia, and tuberculosis.

A broadside recommends ways to prevent spreading the flu.

This advice from the U.S. Public Health Service was consistent with the kinds of warnings that appeared in newspapers throughout the fall of 1918, as officials sought ways to prevent further spread of influenza.

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