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This Day in Georgia History

October 15, 1918

Spanish Flu Hit Macon

The Spanish influenza epidemic sweeping the nation hit Macon, with 250 new cases reported in the previous 48 hours. In Atlanta, Camp Gordon ended its military quarantine, which had been in place for several weeks due to the flu epidemic. But the scare was not over. Maj. Joel B. Mallett, selective service officer for Georgia, instructed all local boards of health to cease physical exams for new military registrants until further notice - effectively stemming the draft (albeit temporarily). While this was ordered as a preventative measure against the flu, it also was possible because Allied armies were on the brink of defeating Germany at the time.

To view the report on the influenza epidemic in Georgia, see the Georgia Archives