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100 years beyond the influenza pandemic of 1918: are we ready for the next one?
- This event is a production of the Atlanta Science Tavern. - It is free and open to the public. - Seating is on a first-come basis. - RSVPs are not required to attend nor do they reserve seats. - Doors open at 6:00 pm for early arrival. - Gather for dinner by 7:00. - The evening's presentation gets under way around 7:45. __________ 100 years beyond the influenza pandemic of 1918: are we ready for the next one? Dr. Daniel Jernigan, Director of the Influenza Division National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases Centers for Disease Control In 1918, a new influenza virus emerged causing a pandemic that killed an estimated 675,000 Americans and at least 50 million people worldwide. The flu pandemic of 1918 infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide—about one-third of the world’s population, causing the greatest influenza death total in recorded history. The vulnerability of healthy young adults and the lack of vaccines and treatments created an unprecedented public health crisis. The global engagement in World War I contributed to the transmission of virus through troop movement and crowding in military camps. Pandemic influenza illness was notable for the speed of disease, leading to high numbers of rapid onset pneumonia and death. Typically, seasonal influenza mortality is greatest among the youngest and oldest in a population. During the 1918 pandemic, the virus also affected young adults between 20 and 40 years of age. The average age of death was 28 years old. More troops died from pandemic influenza than from combat. The world has had three other pandemics in the last 100 years caused by influenza viruses having less severe illness. CDC monitors avian and swine influenza viruses that infect people and If a new pandemic virus were to emerge with characteristics like the 1918 virus, the impact of that pandemic could be devastating. Improvements and innovations in preparedness and response to pandemics have been made in recent years; however, further advances in vaccines, antivirals, and supportive healthcare are needed to fully mitigate the impact of severe, 1918-like pandemic About our Speaker Dr. Dan Jernigan is the Director of the Influenza Division at CDC, overseeing approximately 300 staff members who are responsible for global surveillance, prevention and control of seasonal, avian, swine, and pandemic influenza. Dr. Jernigan is trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases epidemiology. He has served in leadership roles for various CDC emergency responses including anthrax, SARS, Hurricane Katrina, 2009 influenza H1N1, MERS, avian influenza H7N9, and Ebola.

Manuel's Tavern

602 N. Highland Ave NE · Atlanta, GA

What we're about

If you are excited by science - but not necessarily a science professional - and you live in the Atlanta area, then the Atlanta Science Tavern is the meetup for you.

Our program is centered on a fourth Saturday of the month meeting at Manuel's Tavern, which features a speaker - typically a scientist from a nearby university or research center - who presents his or her work to a smart general audience of science enthusiasts. We also host occasional presentations as part of our ongoing Young Researchers Series, which features talks by graduate students and postdocs.

In addition, we organize social outings and field trips that provide opportunities for our members to experience science as it expresses itself in the community at large. Public lectures at local universities, most prominently the Georgia Tech College of Sciences, are a mainstay of our meetup calendar.

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