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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.


Featured Story

Emily Noyes BeebeEmily Noyes Beebe, Virginia

“My father, Whitwell Wentworth Coxe, was born April 24, 1884 in Roanoke, Virginia. He married a lovely, caring lady named Emily Noyes Beebe of Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1909.”


Storybook Topics

I Survived

Survivors share their intimate recollections of either their own illness or that of a loved one.

An Immigrant's Tale

In addition to adjusting to a new culture and learning a new language, recent immigrants also had to cope with a deadly flu pandemic.

In Memorial

The family stories described in this section define true courage amid unbearable loss.

War Stories

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.

Finding A Cure

People tried a variety of methods to cure the sick — some practical and effective, others questionable and even amusing.

1957 Flu Pandemic

The 1957 flu pandemic was deadly, but milder than the 1918 event.

Stories by State

The collection of stories sorted by state for quick reference.

Do You Have a Pan Flu Story to Share?
Online Story Submit Form
Story Submit Form, DOC [83 KB]
Story Submit Form, PDF [78 KB]

Pandemic Influenza Storybook Project
1600 Clifton Road, MS D-25
Atlanta, GA 30333
404-639-7392 (fax)
ATTN: Sharon KD Hoskins

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Pandemic Influenza Storybook photo gallery selection

View selected photos and illustrations from the Pandemic Influenza Storybook.


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