The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says the current flu season is the most severe in nine years and getting worse. 30 children have died from the virus and most states are reporting sharp increases in hospitalizations each week. Concern over the current flu outbreak has some wondering how bad it could get,-even questioning the likelihood of what occurred in 1918. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Spanish Flu. It was the deadliest flu pandemic in human history and the third deadliest disease outbreak ever.

Within just one year, Spanish Flu swept the entire globe, killing 50 million people, about four percent of the world’s population at that time, including 675,000 Americans. By comparison, smallpox killed an estimated 300 million people in the 20th century, The Plague killed 20 million people in a four-year period during the 1300s. The AIDS virus has reportedly killed a total of 35 million people worldwide since the 1970s. READ MORE