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105-year-old Indiana woman survives two pandemics

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Posted at 11:22 AM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 11:22:16-05

GREENWOOD — An Indiana woman was a toddler during the 1918 Spanish flu, and she is now on track to survive the second pandemic of her lifetime.

A week ago, 105-year-old Thelma Spade received her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Growing up on a farm in Portland, Spade's family wasn't personally affected by the Spanish flu. This time around is a similar story.

Spade is living at an assisted living and memory care facility in Greenwood. She hasn't been able to see her family in person for almost a year. Luckily, she has a first-floor outter-facing window, so she can see them through the glass during window visits.

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She is among the 93% of residents at the facility who have received their second doses.

Getting both doses of the vaccine means her family's long separation can come to an end sooner rather than later.