Learn how measles erased immune memory in the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic, and how a history of obesity may similarly influence viral infection outcomes today.
Anti-vaxxers claim that it’s better to build up your immune system “naturally”. But WW1 soldiers who had a “natural” measles virus infection exhibited the unfortunate side-effect of wiping out their immune memory.
Lauren completed her Bachelor of Science (Hons) in 2021 at the University of Queensland and is currently a PhD candidate looking at the role host factors play in viral pandemics.
With Ellesandra Noye (PhD Student, The University of Queensland)
Obesity increases the severity of influenza and COVID. Worryingly, obesity may have long-term consequences on the immune response, even after weight loss. What does this mean for those with a history of obesity who contract influenza or SARS-CoV-2?
Ellesandra Noye is a PhD student at the University of Queensland. She recently graduated from a Bachelor of Advanced Science. Her research focuses on ‘trained immunity’ as a link between transient life events and disease.
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