The book poses questions that the public, government officials and especially the press should consider as new infectious diseases emerge. How are the stories of these diseases told within the context of the present, and what are the lasting lessons can be learned from 1918?
You don't need to look far to find real examples of pandemics and their huge tolls. But some of the deadliest diseases wouldn't be considered the least bit exotic by Hollywood screenwriters or even average Angelenos.
Pneumonia is the number one killer of children under age five around the world. It is so prevalent that the first World Pneumonia Day will establish a global call for action to tackle childhood pneumonia head on.
With the height of the flu season quickly approaching and our children heading back into the classroom, I recently led a full Committee hearing to examine the Obama Administration's Flu Vaccine program.