On the tail end of winter, cold and flu season still creeps into our noses, chests and heads. But new information released from PLOS Biology, (an open-access, peer-reviewed general biology journal published by PLOS, committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource), suggests that adults over the age of 30 only get the flu once every 5 years.
With the amount of people just in the office sniffling, sneezing, watery eyes and coughs, it seems that the catching a cold aspect has a stronger hold on us. Scientists from the Imperial College London tested 151 participants from southern China between the ages of 7 and 81 to see how often they actually got the flu. They tested for nine different influenza strain antibodies. This helped determine whether they have actually gotten the flu since antibodies are only produced in response to viruses.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says older people and young children have a higher risk of developing serious complications from the flu due to compromised and developing immune systems.
Best Ways to Defend Against the Flu:
- Get a flu shot
- Wash hands regularly
- Eat healthy
- Exercise regularly
- Get plenty of rest
Also to note, the study found that children get the flu more often. Some children have the flu every other year.