Can you get a cold and the flu simultaneously?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Ronald Turner, MD of the University of Virginia explains if you can get a cold and the flu simultaneously.

    Dr. Ronald Turner

    Ronald Turner, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Turner earned his MD degree from Southern Illinois University and did his training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Columbus Children’s Hospital (Ohio State University) and the University of Virginia. He subsequently served in faculty positions at the University of Utah and the Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to his administrative role at the University of Virginia, Dr. Turner has clinical care and teaching responsibilities in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. His research interests are directed at the pathogenesis and treatment of viral respiratory infections.

    Host: Can you get a cold and the flu simultaneously?

    Ronald Turner: Probably not. Your body s defenses are such that once you have a viral infection, the host defenses kind of mount a non specific response that prevents you from getting other viral infections and so, it is not likely that you would be able to get a cold and then simultaneously, acquire the flu.