Spit Spreads Death: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19 in Philadelphia, advertisement for “Fletcher’s Castoria,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 26, 1918. Photo courtesy of The College of Physicians/Mütter Museum.
In conjunction with the Center-supported project Spit Spreads Death: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918–19 in Philadelphia, The Mütter Museum hosts a free health fair in Mifflin Square Park with local and city organizations and health care providers. On offer are: on-site medical screenings and information on nutrition, breast cancer, health insurance, food access, mental health, and more. A number of health care representatives will be on site, including: experts in refugee and asylum health; representatives from Vietnamese, Cambodian, Mexican, and Latin American health organizations; LGBTI and youth groups; and reproductive health networks.
Spit Spreads Death commemorates the 1918–19 influenza pandemic in Philadelphia. A parade, organized by artist group Blast Theory, takes place on September 28 to remember those who died and to honor those who keep us safe today. A full exhibition opens October 17 to explore the pandemic’s impact on Philadelphia neighborhoods and how it spread, as well as what could happen in future pandemics.