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The Impact of Infections As we Go Through Life and Age

Synopsis
The very young and very elderly are particularly susceptible to many infections and for many infections, age will predict how likely someone is to die once infected. The immediate and long-term effects of an infection changes throughout our life course. Some infections which if caught as a child are usually relatively trivial are likely to be much more severe in young adults including mumps and chickenpox. Other infections present in very different ways depending on the age of the sufferer; for example, severe malaria in young children is a completely different disease from severe malaria in adults although the parasite is the same. Otherwise trivial infections can have major effects in pregnant women or particularly on their unborn babies; examples include rubella and Zika. Several vaccines work differently in different age groups. This changing pattern of what makes disease severe as we progress from the first trimester of pregnancy by stages through to becoming very elderly has implications for treatment and prevention of disease. This lecture is also available to download as audio file. [55 minutes]
Series
Infectious Diseases: The Oldest Enemy
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of production
2018-2019
Subjects
Medical sciences
Keywords
child health; elderly persons; infection; pregnancy - human; public health; rubella; young people; Zika

Online availability

URI
https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/infections-as-we-age
Delivery
Streamed

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Contributor
Chris Professor Whitty

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Gresham College

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