JustRob wrote: ↑Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:48 pmEr yes, because I apparently started it. Anyway, at the time that's what Dr. Scott told me. He also told me not to mention it to anyone for fear of being found hanging from a tree in The Avenue.
Something to dine out on - how I put 600 boys to bed!
Flu wasn't the only problem in those days. There were measles, mumps and other epidemics because when you get so many people crushed almost cheek by jowl contagion is almost guaranteed
I missed the mumps epedemic at school - two days after the end of term I travelled to Belfast by overnight steamer and woke up on board with sore throat etc. My aunt, who had two sons herself, was not pleased. Of course it went to the neighbours .....
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One of my enduring memories is that we survivors developed a warped idea that we could catch the flu by jumping into as hot a bath as we could bear and then running, stark naked, outside into the snow. Why we thought that could give us flu I have no idea, but, as they say, it seemed like a good idea at the time.
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I suppose it could have stressed the immune system (that's probably what you intuitively thought). But probably it merely stimulated it.