A recent article titled: “Childhood infections provide lifelong protection against flu viruses that come from animals” was published on the 10th of November 2016 on UCLA classroom <http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/childhood-flu-infections-provide-protection-against-influenza-pandemics-scientists-report >. Here is the summary of what the article have to say about the relation between birth year and the virus.
The article focused more on H5N1 and H7N9 viruses where each have affected more than 1400 people in total. It has been shown that it was because of the influenza that might be present during or around the timing that we were born that gives us the build up of immunity to the kind of virus that might be around when we were born. If this happens when we are a child, this can be called ” childhood imprinting”. This imprinting will be able to allow the person to not get affected or they will have a reduced risk of severe disease, reduced chance of getting sick and also reduced chance of contracting H7N5 or H5N1 viruses.
The relationship between the birth year and the kind of immunity that the body will produce has lead the researchers to may be able to predict the kind of virus strains and the age as well as the potential of virus from a group of people that might spread to the community.
- Wolpert.S(2016) Childhood infections provide lifelong protection against flu viruses that come from animals, UCLA newsroom 10th November, retrieved on 14th November from <http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/childhood-flu-infections-provide-protection-against-influenza-pandemics-scientists-report >