This was on my to-do list and moved to my past-due list to post regarding some significant resources. What the university has posted is suitable for students to do their own original research into epidemiology (CSI and forensics) and preparedness.

Welcome to the FluWeb Influenza Historical Resources Database, hosted by the School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, Australia. The development of this database has been made possible by a research grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia.

The database provides free access to a number of rare and valuable sources of data concerning past influenza outbreaks. The sources provided here are currently being used as part of a research project into a possible influenza pandemic, also funded by the above NHMRC grant. It is hoped that the ready availability of these sources will stimulate and assist research in the area of infectious disease epidemiology, in an effort to approach the serious questions raised by the possibility of a human pandemic caused by an emergent avian influenza strain.

Much of the data will be most useful for epidemiolgical modelling, but plenty of data will be made available that may interest researchers in other fields of medicine, population science and history….

One of the most important resources available via the database is a monograph published by the British Ministry of Health in 1920 regarding the 1918-19 influenza pandemic. The entire manuscript is over 600 pages long and contains over 100 detailed tables with data never before analysed using modern mathematical and techniques and computational capacities.

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