Pandemic Influenza Storybook
Personal recollections from survivors, families, and friends
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Pandemic Flu Storybook provides readers with an intimate look at the impact pandemic flu events have had on both survivors and the families and friends of non-survivors. These stories are not folklore, but personal recollections. This collection of stories was first released online in 2008 to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the 1918 flu pandemic.
Survivors share their intimate recollections of either their own illness or that of a loved one.
In addition to adjusting to a new culture and learning a new language, recent immigrants also had to cope with a deadly flu pandemic.
The family stories described in this section define true courage amid unbearable loss.
Military personnel were greatly impacted by the virus and many young recruits were dead from the flu before they ever saw combat.
Plantings, that's the way one storyteller described his job of burying those who had died from the flu.
People tried a variety of methods to cure the sick — some practical and effective, others questionable and even amusing.
The 1957 flu pandemic was deadly, but milder than the 1918 event.
The collection of stories sorted by state for quick reference.