Chicago Influenza
Outbreak of 1918



 The Spanish Influenza was one of the deadliest epidemics in history, lasting from 1918 to 1919.  More than one-fifth of the world's population suffered from some of the disease's deadly symptoms, including aches and fevers.  The Spanish Influenza claimed the deaths of more than 21,000,000 people worldwide, including 600,000 in America alone.  Of those, 8,500 of the victims lived in Chicago.  Although people of all ages were susceptible to influenza, a majority of the people who died as a result of influenza were between twenty and forty years old.  The Spanish Influenza took the country by storm during another time of crisis- World War I.  This factor aided the spread of the disease considerably.  As soldiers traveled from port to port, they brought with them influenza germs as well as their weapons.  Red Cross units were already organized for the war effort, but they turned their attention to aiding flu victims as well.   Although the epidemic originated in Kansas, it quickly spread to other cities in the United States including Chicago.

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Chicago Prepares for an Influenza Outbreak

The Media and Influenza


School Hygiene

Vaccination Attempts

Could Influenza Strike Again?


This site was created by Amanda Campbell, Alyssa Heider, Kelly Hoppe, Katie Karp. and Kathy Krzyak as a class project for Depaul University.