There are times in a person’s life when they will be more likely to catch the influenza virus, and times when they’ll be extremely unlikely to come anywhere near it. While the kind of flu they encounter has a stake in determining how likely a person is to catch the flu, a more cogent indicator is age. The younger a person is, the more easily they”ll be afflicted by the flu. The older a person is, the more weak their immune system becomes. Again, they”ll be more likely to be afflicted by the flu; and for the same reason; just from the other end. On top of this, each year the influenza virus itself increases cumulatively when people try to fight it off with antibiotics and antibacterials. Essentially, these items prevent the body’s immune system from developing the proper “musculature” (to bring a bit of metaphor in), while simultaneously giving influenza virus a hardcore workout. When the sickness ring is entered, the weakened immune system easily succumbs to flu. This has facilitated the need for increased influenza inoculations on a yearly basis; but the fallout results in new influenza iterations coming about every year. So far, the best solution seems to be a yearly inoculation. There is still no cure for influenza or the common cold in 2016.
A closed culture which doesn’t have access to the rest of mainstream society will develop its own immune system strengths and weaknesses. While one kind of flu might totally knock the entire secluded culture on its knees, some diseases epidemic to modern society may be entirely unable to pierce the defenses of that secluded group. When people from different areas of the world visit such diverse groups, the illnesses of each will combine. Sometimes this results in a new strain being brought to the area of an older strain, sometimes this results in a kind of hybrid of both. Since this process can’t really be stopped, the only way to fight against it that’s currently known is for regular inoculations to be administered based on developing strains of the flu.
Combating Influenza Through Lifestyle
In the United States alone, some 55,000+ deaths are attributable to influenza every year. The vast majority of these take place among extremely young and old populations. Other at-risk social groups include the extremely poor, and those who work routinely with large groups; like nurses, doctors, social workers, and government employees. While extreme youth and age can’t really be fixed with diet or exercise, the time between can definitely be navigated healthily. Eating properly, avoiding processed foods, junk foods, and those which are generally known to be bad for you is going to give your immune system the tools it needs to fight off anything. Vitamin C, Vitamin D, protein, fiber–all those things found in natural foods that most people don’t like, basically. Coupled with exercise (at least twenty minutes sweat-bringing activity a day, at least three times a weak, minimum), this is the best defense against influenza, the common cold, or–really, any health condition. Many modern things like diabetes and cancer have roots in lifestyle choices and poor nutrition, and are preventable if you can get yourself into the habit of doing things beneficial to the body, mind, and immune system.
When your body is at its peak health, a vaccination may be advisable. Vaccinations introduce antigens into the body’s immune system which induce an immune system response that can last several days to several hours, and feels like a miniature scale-model of the full-blown sickness. Vaccinating in Summer is primarily recommendable.