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A doctor innoculates Major Peters of Boston against the Spanish Influenza virus during the epidemic, c. 1918. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Give it up for Rose Grossi, who just celebrated her 106th birthday at Ellis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Norwood, MA.


“Happy birthday? One-hundred-six years old? What’s happy about that?” quipped Grossi in a recent interview with Boston 25 News. I’d say she has a lot to be thankful for! Born in 1914, she contracted the Spanish Flu as a young girl in Portugal in 1918. She survived. Earlier this spring, she had symptoms of COVID-19. She fought it and survived.


That’s one badass 106-year-old.