Spokane and the Nation: The Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919
Headline: “How to Prevent ‘Flu,’ Told by Health ‘Boss’”
Source: Spokane Daily Chronicle, October 11, 1918, page 8
Subject: Suggestions to prevent influenza
Synopsis: The following is a list of suggestions to prevent influenza by Dr. J.B. Anderson, Spokane’s leading health officer. One interesting instruction is for citizens to not put pencils or fingers into their mouths. This may sound like an odd instruction at first, but because influenza is caught through germs, these were behaviors to avoid.
• “Keep away from persons who are coughing or sneezing. ”
• “Eat plenty of simple, nourishing food; keep the body warm. ”
• “Do not use a public drinking cup. Do not use any cup without first washing it.”
Keep Fingers, Pencils Out of Mouth; Eat Plenty, Keep Warm, He Says.
Dr. J.B. Anderson, city health officer, today passed out the following rules for protection against the influenza epidemic: