How far technology has come since the Spanish flu 100 years ago

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The Spanish flu was a pandemic, killing more than 50 million people all across the world, including in Mesa County.

This year is the 100th anniversary of that pandemic. A lot of things have changed since then—like scientists finding out what viruses and bacteria are, inventing a flu shot and proper hygiene. However, a lot has stayed the same.

Mesa County Public Health said if there is another pandemic, schools and large gatherings would closed—a technique they used in 1918. Scientists have ideas for the next 100 years too.

"A big goal in both the medical community and in public health, is developing a universal vaccine that helps fight against all types of influenza viruses, and maybe one that wouldn't have to be administered every year, but maybe one that's more long-lasting,” said Andy Tyler, regional epidemiologist.

Mesa County Public Health and a local researcher talked about the 100th anniversary of the Spanish flu Wednesday at the Mesa County Public library downtown location.

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