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Infectious Diseases

Spanish flu

09/17/2001

Question:

I read somewhere that a person who had the Spanish Flu as a child in 1918 if he survived was very susceptible to some problem as an older adult. What could that problem be? I do not remember - but my husband survived the Spanish flu as an infant (age 1 1/2 yrs.)

Answer:

There are immediate problems related to the 1918 flu. There should not be long term problems that would appear decades later.

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Response by:

Gary   Roselle, MD Gary Roselle, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati