The Board of Health reports on the flu

Twenty-eighth report of the State Board of Health of Wisconsin

Known variously as the "Spanish Flu" or "La Grippe," influenza killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide. By the end of 1918, more than 675,000 Americans had died from the flu, most between the ages of 19 and 42. The first cases in Wisconsin were reported in September 1918, and by December, more than 100,000 residents had contracted the flu--over 8,000 died. Called the most "diastrous calamity" to ever hit Wisconsin, the State Board of Health convened a special meeting in 1919 to adopt a set of rules to better control the spread of disease. These excerpts from the Board's report detail the regulations adopted at that meeting while a separate table lists the deaths attributed to the flu by county for 1918 and 1919.

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Creator: State Board of Health
Pub Data: Madison, Wis.: The Homestead Company, 1920. (He 1:1916/1920)
Citation: State Board of Health. Twenty-eighth report of the State Board of Health of Wisconsin. (Madison, Wis.: The Homestead Company, 1920); Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 5/8/2021