The 1918 “Spanish flu” pandemic was so severe that it overshadows the other 20th century pandemics. One I remember personally is the 1968 flu pandemic as that particular influenza made me pretty sick. When I mention the 1968 pandemic, though, it seems many people don’t recall it.
Anyone else have memories of it? I was ten and I remember that my body really, really ached. My bed was next to a window and I recall looking out, wishing I felt well enough to go out and play. I also remember my mother telling me that people all over were getting sick from the same thing I had.
That part I’m sure is an accurate memory. I also have memories that are distorted or false. In particular, I remember my mother saying people were calling it the “joint flu” because it made your joints ache. Throughout my life (though practically not at all after menopause, so I’m pretty sure it was hormonal) I’ve had occasional searing pain in one or both hip joints, which I always suspected - completely incorrectly, no doubt - was a lingering aftereffect of the “joint flu.”
Googling “joint flu” returns basically no hits, so I’m quite sure my brain invented that phrase. It was actually known as the “Hong Kong flu.”