Your Flu Risk Depends On Your Birth Year

Posted: Nov 11 2016, 11:24am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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Your Flu Risk Depends on Your Birth Year
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  • The Chances of Catching Influenza this Year could Depend on your Birth Year

Apparently, the chances if catching influenza this year could depend entirely on your birth year.

When influenza attacks, why are some people bedridden with bouts of sneezing and a red nose while others merely get off with a slight nasal drip? Science says that the generation which you originally belonged to may lend a clue or two.

Even the year you were born may offer vital information regarding whether you are a hardy survivor or a bedridden patient who feels miserable for the entire time period of the flu.

The flu apparently leaves a damaging scar on the immune system of the patient. While similar types of influenza may be avoided easily in your later years, the different types are more likely to get you bedridden and feeling out of sorts.

It is not age per se but the year you were born that counts in the long run. In the times to come, vaccines targeted at certain patients could prove effective. Also those who are vulnerable could be given special treatment by physicians, according to the Guardian.

In case of this nasty thing called the flu, predictions are hard to make. Yet in the birth year, we have a pretty good marker that pinpoints the exact type of flu the patient will contract.

Now finally scientists will be able to tell patients whether they stand a chance of surviving a very bad case of flu in their old age or not. This could prove vital since if the patient is very vulnerable to the flu, then special and specific treatment could be administered, according a new study published in the journal Science.

Influenza viruses have mutated into type 1 and type 2. Until 1968, type 1 was the only one that was dominant. However, over the years, type 2 came to flourish too. This made things complicated.

One of the two types of flu viruses dominates each year. It is rather similar to a large tree bifurcating into two major branches. 1968 was the point of departure for the two different strains of flu.

The scientists have kept a record of the flu from 1918 to the present times. It is a sobering account. Most people have had a case of flu by the time they are five years of age.

The type of flu they will contract later on in their lives depends on this original disease. Every type of flu from Bird Flu to Swine Flu shows a similar differentiation into variant strains.

The scientists are still busy studying the patterns of catching the flu in patients in the hope that one fine day in the future, they might be able to conquer this disease which causes so much misery.

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