Spokane and the Nation: The Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919

Headline: “Amusements to Close If ‘Flu’ Bug Shows Up”

Source: Spokane Daily Chronicle, October 8, 1918, page 6

Subject: Preparing for the epidemic

Synopsis: Spokane’s health officer, Dr. J.B. Anderson, has said that all public meeting places will be closed at the first sign of Spanish influenza in the city. The Health and Sanitation committee adopted a resolution calling on the health department to do everything they can do fight the epidemic.

Notable Quotations:

 • “Spokane is ready to war on Spanish influenza.”

• “‘That it is the sense of this meeting of the health and sanitation committee of the chamber of commerce that should any cases of Spanish influenza develop in this city, the health department take immediate action to control and prevent an epidemic such as is occurring in eastern cities by enforcing all the regulations prescribed by the government health authorities and such other measures as the department deems necessary and that all the citizens of Spokane be requested to cheerfully coperate [sic] with our health authorities.’”

“Amusements to Close If ‘Flu’ Bug Shows Up”

Health Committee Makes Ready for War Against Influenza Epidemic.

            Spokane is ready to war on Spanish influenza. Dr. J.B. Anderson, city health officer, has decreed that at the first outbreak of the disease here, theaters and other public meeting places will be closed.

            Monday the health and sanitation committee of the chamber of commerce went on record urging the health department to take immediate action and asking the citizens to cooperate with the health authorities.

            Following is the resolution adopted at a meeting Monday noon:

            “Resolved. That it is the sense of this meeting of the health and sanitation committee of the chamber of commerce that should any cases of Spanish influenza develop in this city, the health department take immediate action to control and prevent an epidemic such as is occurring in eastern cities by enforcing all the regulations prescribed by the government health authorities and such other measures as the department deems necessary and that all the citizens of Spokane be requested to cheerfully coperate [sic] with our health authorities.”