Flu Activity and When Will it Peak

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A Variance In The Season

Flu season doesn’t hit on any exact date. It is induced through many different factors which combine. Travel, health trends, social trends, and seasonal changes all join forces such that a massive yearly increase of influenza and its collateral damage follows a predictable cycle, but not an exact one. Variances across the country make it so the flu can begin as early as August or as late as November. Generally it finishes by May in most places, but it can run its course earlier as well. Peak severity is regularly between December and February. These are the months when people are indoors the most and have the least exposure to Vitamin D as naturally ingested from the sun. Even if they do have exposure to Vitamin D on a regular basis, days become shorter reducing the amount their bodies can absorb. Add in addition to this the psychological factors which accompany the end of the year. Christmas isn’t joyful for everyone, neither is New Year. The holidays can bring some psychological difficulties to statistical quotients of the population. Just consider the divorce component. With a ubiquity of modern couples separated, the family difficulties this causes during holidays is staggering. When depression comes, then comes vice. It is known that smoking and drinking both decrease immune system functionality and make the body more susceptible to illness. These activities naturally increase when stress, depression, and other factors induce their usage. Celebration can also have a part, but it can be argued the natural dopamine that bodies emit during happiness may equal out at least some component of negativity from vice use. In any event, across the country, mid-winter is hot for the flu.

Flu in Summertime

Influenza can come in the Summer, and does across the world. In America, however, this season is least likely to be affected by influenza. There are several reasons for this. One, the sun is out more, meaning there’s more natural Vitamin D. Additionally, people are usually more physically active in the Summertime, which is also good for the immune system. Physical activity has also been linked to healthy mental health, which can lead to a decrease in substance abuse. Still, there is a heap of partying that goes on, and there are many times where such individuals as live the bringing lifestyle catch the flu regularly in the Summer. In the general population, however, such individuals represent outlives. Generally, Summer is a more healthy, vibrant time, and immune systems are strong enough to keep the flu at bay as a result.

When to Vaccinate

Since there is no cure for the influenza virus, a popular means of combating it has become vaccination. While effective, there are some things you should know before you vaccinate. First, you should have inoculations when those receiving them are in the peak of health. They should exhibit no hint of sickness at all. An inoculation introduces an inert pathogen into the body’s immune system such that an immune-system response is triggered which results in a mild pseudo-illness that acts as a miniature of the main thing. This gives the immune system ammunition to combat the actual virus when it is encountered through natural circumstance. Someone who is already sick when they receive a vaccination is going to have an additional stress thrown onto their immune system. While most will be able to handle this load, all will generally experience a worsening of existing conditions should a vaccination be administered during a time of existing illness. But if you’re healthy, get vaccinated. Summertime is ideal for this. 
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