Not sure about Birmingham but in April 1761 there was a huge influenza outbreak in London. This caused a significant number of deaths. Maybe similar in Birmingham?Tacitus wrote back in April 2010 about plague victims buried in Ladywood area. I noticed recently the large number of burials 1760-1761. Wondering if this was a specific epidemic or a large number of plagues in the area. Don't have access to any newspapers of the day, just hoping someone might know of a cause. Cholera, maybe?
My husband refused to watch it and asked why I should want to. Just as you say, I wanted to see whether we'd learned any lessons from this 17thC pandemic. and we don't appear to have done so.Channel 5 recently showed a series of 3 programmes titled 'The Great Plague' now available on catchup (My5). Although it doesn't mention Birmingham it's interesting to learn how the plague was spread and with particular reference to Eyam how they discovered it could be prevented from spreading by social distancing. That was in 1666 - don't we ever learn! Worth watching.