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Strand "A" flu numbers down, Stand "B" numbers rising

CDC warns of a second wave of flu virus happening now CDC warns of a second wave of flu virus happening now
Carol Daniels | 29 March, 2018, 02:00

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu season is not over yet and issued a warning about a new wave of influenza B that's on the rise.

Influenza A or H3N2 is typically the more severe type of flu virus, leading to complications, and even death, for those who are most susceptible - children, seniors, people with preexisting medical conditions. "It's important to remember that influenza B can be just as severe as influenza A and sometimes it can be more severe in younger children".

It's called influenza B, and as the name suggests, is a completely different strain of flu than influenza A. Influenza A is what the majority of cases seen across the country have been.

Even if you've already gotten sick earlier this season, you're not necessarily immune to the second wave. In Lucas County, the health department reports 15 cases of flu type B last week.

"It's probably one of the more severe years we've had in the past few decades", Haupt said.

Still, the overall are numbers are not what they were at the flu season's peak around Christmas time or a little after. Chalkley says, "Some of our [23] deaths have been attributable to Influenza A while others have been attributable to Influenza B".

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Meanwhile, the CDC's map shows widespread flu activity is still occurring this spring in 17 states, including Wisconsin.

Unfortunately, if you've already had the flu this season, you're not necessarily out of the woods.

It's been the most active flu season in nearly a decade, killing more than 300 people in North Carolina.

Among adults, 7.8 percent of all deaths reported for the week were pneumonia- and flu-related, the CDC reported, noting that these data are always two weeks delayed.

Nordlund said it's not too late to get a flu vaccine and reminds people to cover their coughs, wash their hands and stay home if they're sick.

She added that this second wave of B-cases is not unexpected, but it's not yet known what this flu wave will look like.

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