The Spanish flu of 1918

The headstone of Jasper Conrad is seen at the Iona Cemetery on Wednesday. Jasper Conrad, along with his brother Byard Conrad, died after being infected with the influenza virus in 1918. John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com

This flu season is, by all accounts, a bad one. The Centers for Disease Control reports the virus is widespread in every state except Hawaii.

Scientists seek super-shot for flu 100 years after pandemic

In this November 1918 photo made available by the Library of Congress, a nurse takes the pulse of a patient in the influenza ward of the Walter Reed hospital in Washington. Historians think the pandemic started in Kansas in early 1918, and by winter 1919 the virus had infected a third of the global population and killed at least 50 million people, including 675,000 Americans. Some estimates put the toll as high as 100 million. By comparison, the AIDS virus has claimed 35 million lives over four decades. (Harris & Ewing/Library of Congress via AP)

The descriptions are haunting.

Seasonal flu virus still causes trouble

Ana Martinez, a medical assistant at the Sea Mar Community Health Center, gives a patient a flu shot, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 in Seattle. According to an update by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, flu is now widespread in every state except Hawaii, but the good news is the flu season appears to be peaking. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Fifteen years ago, Jan Rogers didn’t get her flu shot. It was the one year she hadn’t gotten it, she likes to make a habit of getting it each year. It also happened to be the year she got sick with the flu.

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