Will the United States have a flu epidemic?

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The Prevalence of Flu Epidemics

Every year in the United States, there is an influenza epidemic. A number of things cause this epidemic, and they will be briefly explored here. In brief, factors which contribute to a regular influx of influenza include:

  • Foreign Influenza Viruses Introduced Through Yearly Travel
  • Seasonal Change
  • Social Cycles
  • Cyclical Poor Nutrition

Vacation-Borne Illnesses

There is a lot of travel that takes place during the Summer in the US. You may not think of Washington state and Florida as separate countries, but their regional and cultural separations mean different illnesses in either state may be foreign to visitors. The Floridian who travels to Washington may pick up an iteration of west coast influenza, and vice versa. Yearly travel within and without the United States exposes a variety of people to a variety of illnesses. Like typhoid Mary, many will come back bearing these sicknesses unaware, and spread them.

Seasonal Change

Autumn and Winter are the half of the year where the body’s immune system enters decline. Spring and Summer are when the immune system strengthens and peaks. Sunlight delivers Vitamin D to the body. It is directly absorbed by the skin. Vitamin D is essential to the body’s immune system. When there are excessive quotients of Vitamin D in the body, naturally there is an up-spike in physical activity. Increased physical activity leads to increased mental acuity. Between the increases in mind, body, and mineral, the immune system peaks in Summer and bottoms out in Winter, when these things reach a peak absence. This is also a reason Winter is when flu season hits with the most force.

Social Cycles

Like the seasons, modern societies tend to move in groups which encourage health trends. During the Summertime, everyone travels and collects illnesses unknowingly in their physically and mentally healthy state. As Summer ends and the school year begins with Autumn, those viral collections are communicably displayed throughout school districts nationwide. Additional social cycles beyond the school year include winter and spring vacation times. Whenever people travel in large groups regularly, such social cycles facilitate times of peak illness and peak health.

Cyclical Poor Nutrition

There are impoverished families who have been living on processed dollar store foods and cigarettes for years. Sometimes people catch a version of the flu that turns into walking pneumonia and just kind of follows them around perpetually. Smoking too much does this on a regular basis. Sometimes that chronic cough may not be lung erosion and corrosion, it may be a persistent virus that won’t cure because the person infected is continuously damaging their body. Especially among the impoverished, poor living conditions and excessive vice contribute to weakened immune systems. Since the holidays usually reach their highest intensity near the middle of winter, vice compounds poor health, and the result is more sickness during this time of year.

Vaccinating

Since the Summer is statistically when there will be an increased influx of health, this is the best time to inoculate against the influenza virus. In addition to increased health quotients, people don’t often vaccinate during this time, meaning there will very likely be an exceptional supply available to you. One thing to be sure of whenever you do decide to vaccinate is your health beforehand. You should be in the highest peak of health before you introduce inert antigens into your body. This is basically a pseudo-illness which teaches your body’s immune system. The result is a slight sickness lasting several hours to several days. A healthy immune system is better for it, but a weakened one can be severely compromised.

 

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