Sunday the 12th of August is this year’s International Youth Day. This annual event was originally created in 1999 by the UN General Assembly. This event is designed to raise awareness of the issues and challenges that young people face and celebrate the roles of young men and women as catalysts of change in today’s world. Each annual celebration of International Youth Day includes a range of concerts, cultural events and meetings around the world with several youth organisations as well as local and national government officials participating.
This event not only aims to protect youth but also in involve them as part of community development around the world and truly giving them the resources to become the future leaders of tomorrow – no matter where they’re from. With 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10-24 in the world, we’re looking at the largest ever youth population of the world. Which is why it’s important to give them the best support and help possible.
Youth and the Flu
It’s a common misconception that those who usually get infected with the influenza virus are the vulnerable which includes the elderly, those who have pre-existing respiratory illnesses and young children. But that doesn’t mean that young people shouldn’t worry about the flu. While the vulnerable are linked to a high percentage of deadly cases of the virus, this does not mean that those who are young and healthy have not suffered their fair share of dangerous cases of the flu.
The most dangerous element of this is that young people will neglect to get their flu jab, this is either a result of not visiting the doctor or simply believing that if they do come into contact with the virus, that they will only feel unwell for a short period of time before fully recuperating. However, this is not always the case.
In fact, across the pond in the US, several healthy young people have ultimately met their untimely death as a result of ignoring the symptoms of the flu. These included a 40-year-old mother who competed in several marathons, a healthy 21-year-old bodybuilder and a 12-year-old body. So while it can be easy to think that your body will simply get over it, getting a flu jab or even seeing your doctor when you start exhibiting flu-like symptoms is a small price to pay to keep your young healthy body, well, young and healthy.
Here at Flucamp, we work with viruses like the flu and the common cold. Everyone can catch the Influenza virus, no matter what age you are. That’s why we’re working to eradicate the influenza virus completely in the future so that people can live happy and healthy lifestyles. Think you could help by participating in our trials? To find out more, contact us today!