Mortality from respiratory diseases (1900-1940). Rates are the number of deaths from specific respiratory diseases, per 100,000 estimated population, all ages. Also take a look at this graph about infants.
US infant mortality rates by month (1918-1940). Number of deaths under one year of age, per 1000 live births, computed on an annual basis. Jan-Dec depicted as months 1-12. Also take a look at this graph.
Influenza mortality by race (1910 – 1925). Number of deaths from influenza, per estimated 100,000 population. In many states, mortality rates for the Spanish flu were higher for people of color. Also take a look at this map.
One hundred years ago, celebrations marking the end of the First World War were cut short by the onslaught of a devastating disease — the 1918-19 influenza pandemic. Its early origins and initial geographical starting point still remain a mystery but in the Summer of 1918, there was a second wave of a far more virulent form of the influenza virus than anyone could have anticipated. Soon dubbed ‘Spanish Flu’ after its effects were reported in the country’s newspapers, the virus rapidly spread across much of the globe to become one of the worst natural disasters in human history. The University of Cambridge has made a new film exploring what we have learnt about Spanish Flu, the urgent threat posed by influenza today, and how scientists are preparing for future pandemics.