HOSA Flu Season Update by Eliseo Gonzalez c/o 14

HOUSTON_Did you make it through flu season flu free? If not, you may want to pay close attention to a recent survey done annually online at flusurvey.org.uk. The UK Flusurvey is an online system that measures influenza trends. Data collected from people ages five years and older suggest that over the winter flu season only 4.7 % were positive compared to a 6.0 % last year. Rates are down also amongst children flu cases have been reported at 5.0 % compared to a 7.9 % last year.

This important because the modes of transmission are usually children and flu cases might be lower because there are lower cases of children with flu. Other findings suggest a way of getting rid of the flu for good. Researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine claim that vigorous exercise for at least 20 minutes a day reduces flu like illness. Researchers found out that moderate exercise has no effect. Rigorous exercise includes running, swimming, biking, dancing, you name it.

Those are one of the many of the sports you can get involved to stay flu free. Dr.Alma Adler an ambassador for the National Science and Engineering Week and researcher at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine says “We are really interested in the preliminary findings around fitness activity and flu-like illness, as exercise is something that everyone can do to reduce your chance of having flu.”

So if you are looking for an alternative of not having to get the flu vaccine make sure to participate in rigorous activities or sports because rigorous activities or exercise could reduce the risk of flu by around 10 percent. Keep that in mind.


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