Mortality during influenza epidemics in the United States, 1967-1978

Am J Public Health. 1982 Nov;72(11):1280-3. doi: 10.2105/ajph.72.11.1280.


Excess deaths due to pneumonia and influenza and excess deaths for all causes were estimated using a time-series analysis for each of the eight influenza epidemics in the United States that occurred between 1967-1978. The effects of different analytic methods and different methods of structuring data are compared. Future directions for estimating the impact of influenza on mortality include a combination of regression techniques and multiple time-series analyses of surveillance data.

MeSH terms

  • Disease Outbreaks / epidemiology*
  • Epidemiologic Methods
  • Humans
  • Influenza, Human / epidemiology
  • Influenza, Human / mortality*
  • Pneumonia / mortality
  • Regression Analysis
  • United States