the great pandemic title bar department of health and human services logo
Home life in 1918 the pandemic your state documents and media biographies learn more
Home > Documents & Media > Documents
Documents & Media
Ads & Posters
Cartoons & Illustrations
Charts & Diagrams
Newspapers & Telegrams


The cover of a telegraphic code book from 1915. The cover page of a Public Health Report from 1919.  
Believing that telegraph operators might read telegrams about an epidemic and then cause a panic, the PHS gave codebooks such as these to their officers. Using these books, PHS officers were able to transmit messages about epidemics in code. [Credit: Office of the Public Health Service Historian] 

During the influenza pandemic, Public Health Reports provided public health experts with weekly updates on not only influenza but also a variety of other diseases. [Credit: Office of the Public Health Service Historian]

the great pandemic home page