Epidemic Effects

Epidemic Effects

Duncan Macleod

Economy, employment, health, family structures, youth ministry.

It is all inter-connected…

The gathering of young people in groups, at local, regional or national meetings, has been prone to disruption in New Zealand. The 1919 flu epidemic killed adolescents and young adults as well as children and elderly. Polio struck in every decade until the vaccination was developed in the 1950′s. Schools were closed for months at a time, as were Sunday schools and junior Bible classes. In 1925 children under 16 were banned from picture theatres, music halls, the races, sports and recreation grounds and public picnics.