Past Pandemics

An influenza pandemic is a global outbreak of a new influenza A virus that is very different from current and recently circulating human seasonal influenza A viruses. Influenza A viruses are constantly changing, making it possible on very rare occasions for non-human influenza viruses to change in such a way that they can infect people easily and spread efficiently from person to person. Read more about pandemics in recent history.

Pandemic Influenza Storybook

1918 pandemic flu

More Information on Past Pandemics

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1918 Pandemic (H1N1 virus)

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1957-1958 Pandemic (H2N2 virus)

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1968 Pandemic (H3N2 virus)

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2009 H1N1 Pandemic