In 1557, there was an influenza epidemic in Europe, but mostly contained to England. Influenza is a deadly viral disease that is spread rapidly from person to person. In 1557, the disease came right after an outbreak of the sweats, another deadly disease in Europe at the time. This epidemic took many lives and was so big, it was almost considered a pandemic. This was important because it killed many people and later there would be more, worse, influenza epidemics all over the world (Grun 247).