Influenza

Where did the 1918 influenza come from?

The influenza is thought to have spread from Camp Funston in the Unites States.

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How did the influenza get to New Zealand?

Many thought the influenza epidemic came to New Zealand on the 'Niagara'.

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The influenza arrives in Wairarapa

The first recorded cases of influenza in Wairarapa occurred at the Featherston Military Camp.

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The influenza arrives in Masterton

Influenza's arrival in Masterton co-incided with celebrations to mark the end of World War One.

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Influenza Prevention

Citizens were advised to go to special inhalation chambers.

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Influenza Treatment

The Department of Health issued treatment guidelines for sufferers.

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The influenza pandemic peaks and passes

At the height of the Wairarapa pandemic the Masterton Hospital was swamped with patients.

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How many Wairarapa people died?

Figures for Wairarapa show that 400 people died, including 177 soldiers at Featherston Camp.

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Who died?

During November and December 88 people were buried in Masterton Cemetery .

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Obituaries

Newspapers were filled with obituaries of those who had died in the pandemic

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The after effects

After the influenza had passed, thought was given to prevention of a further pandemic.

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Oral history

All of those who lived through November and December 1918 recalled the events with great clarity.

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