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Profiles

  • Joseph Franklin Hansen (1875 - 1944)
    Deseret News - February 1, 1944 Joseph F Hansen, 68 former Brigham City merchant, died at his family residence, 1798 S. 5th E. St., Salt Lake, Monday, from influenza pneumonia. Mr. Hansen was born in...
  • Louis John Volesky (1895 - 1918)
    When Louis John Voleskey was born on July 25, 1895, in Pierce County, Wisconsin. His parents were Anton and Anna, was 27. He had six brothers and five sisters. He died of influenza on October 28, 1918,...
  • Anna Mae Grote (1923 - 1927)
    Anna Mae Grote was the daughter of William Henry Grote and Florence Ellia (Wittmer) Sennhenn. She died a her home in Vermilion, OH and was buried 8 Mar 1927. *#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#* Obitu...
  • Anna Sophia Wiebke (1891 - 1918)
    VICTIM OF PNEUMONIA. Mrs. Chris. F. Wiebke Passed Away at her Home Last Friday. Funeral Was Held Here Last Saturday. Pneumonia, following an attack of Spanish influenza, caused the death of another we...
  • Dot Wilson (Dutton) (1888 - 1918)

People who died from Influenza (Flu)


Please add profiles for those who DIED from Influenza to this project, regardless of when. There are links to the individual Endemics/Pandemics below so you can also add them to the appropriate pandemic by date.


There are also links to projects for survivors of the flu.




Tags: flu, “Grippe”, viral, epidemic, Russian flu, influenza, Influenza pandemic, Spanish flu, Hong Kong flu, Aisian flu, swine flu, Influenza A. Influenza B,


Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

There are two main types of influenza (flu) virus: Types A and B. The influenza A and B viruses that routinely spread in people (human influenza viruses) are responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year. Influenza A viruses can be broken down into sub-types depending on the genes that make up the surface proteins. Over the course of a flu season, different types (A & B) and subtypes (influenza A) of influenza circulate and cause illness.

Flu activity is low in the United States, but flu outbreaks can happen as early as October. Flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths every season.

Influenza spreads around the world in a yearly outbreak, resulting in about three to five million cases of severe illness and about 250,000 to 500,000 deaths. In the Northern and Southern parts of the world outbreaks occur mainly in winter while in areas around the equator outbreaks may occur at any time of the year. Death occurs mostly in the young, the old and those with other health problems. Larger outbreaks known as pandemics are less frequent. In the 20th century three influenza pandemics occurred: Spanish influenza in 1918, Asian influenza in 1958, and Hong Kong influenza in 1968, each resulting in more than a million deaths. The World Health Organization declared an outbreak of a new type of influenza A/H1N1 to be a pandemic in June 2009. Influenza may also affect other animals, including pigs, horses and birds.

Children are two to three times more likely than adults to get sick with the flu, and children frequently spread the virus to others. For elderly people, newborn babies, pregnant women, and people with certain chronic illnesses, the flu and its complications can be life-threatening. Although most people recover from the illness, CDC estimates that between 3,000 and 49,000 Americans die from the flu and its complications every year.

Flu in the USA

In the United States approximately 5% to 20% of the population gets flu, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Over 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications each year, and about 36,000 people are estimated to die as a result of flu.

Flu in the World:


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in annual influenza epidemics 5% to 15% of the world's population become ill with upper respiratory tract infections. Hospitalization and deaths mainly occur in high-risk groups. It is estimated that between one quarter to one half of a million people die each year as a result of flu. In industrialized countries the majority of deaths as a result of flu occur among people over the age of 65 years.

Flu in the World:


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in annual influenza epidemics 5% to 15% of the world's population become ill with upper respiratory tract infections. Hospitalization and deaths mainly occur in high-risk groups. It is estimated that between one quarter to one half of a million people die each year as a result of flu. In industrialized countries the majority of deaths as a result of flu occur among people over the age of 65 years.

Pandemic Flu

Pandemic flu refers to particularly contagious strains of flu that spread rapidly from person to person to create a worldwide epidemic (pandemic). In the past century, there were influenza pandemics in 1918, 1957, 1968, and 2009.

Some People who have Died from Influenza:

  • Famous People Who Died of Influenza, 89 people listed
    • (Some of people listed in above site died as a result of one of the above pandemics based on year of deaths—further research would be needed to establish which category they should go in.)
  • Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) British philosopher, logician, mathematician
  • Tallulah Bankhead (1902-1968) American actress -- ? from Hong Kong flu???
  • Trevor Howard (1913-1988) English actor
  • Dmitri Mendeleev (1834-1907) Russian chemist & inventor
  • Wallace Reid (1891-1923) American actor in silent films
  • Charles Tomlinson Griffes (1884-1920) American piano composer-- ? from 1918 Pandemic???
  • Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918) French poet, novelist, art critic of Polish descent -- ? from 1918 Pandemic???
  • Henry B Walthall (1878-1936) American actor
  • Frederick Winslow Taylor (1856-1915) American mechanical engineer
  • Briton Hadden (1898-1929) co-founder of Time magazine

Further Reading:

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