Read the Stories

These first-person and family accounts provide an intimate, personal view of the 1918 and 1957 pandemics that goes beyond the staggering statistics associated with those events.

Courage and Unbearable Loss
Pandemic flu stories of great courage amid unbearable loss.

Where There's a Will ...
Many used whatever they had to stave-off illness and death

Sickness Comes in Haste but goes in Leisure
The illness endured during a pandemic is remembered for many years afterwards.

1957 Pandemic Flu
The 1957 Influenza Pandemic caused at least 70,000 U.S. deaths and 1-2 million deaths worldwide.

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Biographies of leaders during the 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic

Vignettes about individuals, presented state-by-state.

The Great Pandemic: The United States in 1918-1919
The Influenza Pandemic occurred in three waves in the United States throughout 1918 and 1919. Learn more about the pandemic, along with the Nation’s health and the medical care system and how they were affected. Also, take a glance at some people who fought the Influenza in the United States.
Comprehensive government-wide information on pandemic influenza and avian influenza for the general public, health and emergency preparedness professionals, policy makers, government and business leaders, school systems, and local communities.