Respiratory infections are experiencing a rebound compared to the pandemic years. There is a fear that respiratory viruses such as influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) have returned with more force this year. According to a report published by the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDE), the incidence of influenza in Europe has multiplied by five this year, compared to the same period last year. Almost 94% being type A, which mainly affects the population over 65 years of age, so that its ease of transmission is compounded by its severity in this population group. There is a belief that due to the measures taken in the pandemic, our immune system has been weakened: immune debt
What is immune debt?
The concept of “immune debt” arose in May 2021, following an article published by French pediatricians in ScienceDirect where they discussed that “lack of immune stimulation due to non-pharmacological interventions indicates immune debt and could have negative consequences.” when the epidemic is under control.”
It could also simply be that SARS-CoV-2 expelled other viruses, such as influenza, which are now regaining ground during its expansion. Or it may be a multifactorial process, not only due to the measures taken during the pandemic, but it may also be explained because the viruses have been seasonally adjusted . The latter is what has been seen, according to pediatricians, with the SVR, which has already started outside the winter season. And that it has been complicated because in this case, the youngest children, born during the pandemic, have not had prior contact with the virus and there has been no group immunity for them.
These are the data. But until it is evaluated a posteriori this year and the following ones, it will not be possible to say that there has really been a weakening of the immune system, since group immunity in Spain is very high, and exposure to respiratory viruses has been constant for years, so in recent years with protective measures, without exposure, they should not have made that immune response capacity disappear.
What almost all the experts agree on is that SARS-CO-2 will become seasonal, and will coexist with or displace other respiratory viruses on the calendar.
So, both in situations where we expose the immune system to viruses, bacteria or fungus, which can be recurrent, as well as in convalescence, stress or specific situations, which can weaken our immune system, or even to shorten the recovery time after a infection already established, we can help.
Vitae Health Innovation solution
At Vitae we offer a synergistic formula, ImmunoVita, which helps to modulate the immune system, thanks to its content in beta-glucans , vitamin D3, vitamin B6 and Zinc. Its composition contributes to the functioning of the immune system, reduces tiredness and fatigue and contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system and the protection of cells against oxidative damage. So, it is recommended to take it in situations where we expose the immune system to viruses, bacteria or fungus, which can be recurrent, such as in convalescence, stress or specific situations, which can weaken our immune system, or can even help you shorten the time recovery after an infection already established.