CDC: A second flu outbreak may be here

CDC: A second flu outbreak may be here

CDC: A second flu outbreak may be here

One week in March the CDC confirmed almost 58% of all confirmed cases of the flu were the B-strain.

The other states were Arizona, Nebraska, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming. Last week, more than half of all flu cases confirmed were caused by the B-strain. A spokesperson for the CDC told CNN that influenza B can be "just as severe" as influenza A, and that "we also know that influenza B tends to be more severe for younger children".

"Based on what we've seen from previous seasons, the second wave of activity, which is usually with influenza B, is not very long or not very intense", Nordlund said.

Taking antiviral drugs when prescribed.

"Some of the patients that we're seeing actually had Influenza A and now they're coming back with Influenza B", Bolly says.

Experts have noted that those who have already been sick with Influenza A are still susceptible to picking up the B strain and are advising caution, especially amongst children.

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Which means, even if you already had Influenza A virus this year, the antibodies you formed will not provide protection from the B virus.

This is because the strain of the flu virus that becomes widespread each year, also changes every year.

"Well, you can't really say, this strain causes this and this other strain causes other symptom", said Tammy Koonce, a nurse with the Guilford County Health Department, "It seems to be flu symptoms are just flu symptoms".

"We still probably have a few more weeks of flu season left to go", Nordlund said.

Officials said it's still not too late to get the flu shot and encouraged preventive measures such as consistent hand washing, cleaning surface areas and avoiding hand contact to the face, eyes, nose and mouth when out in public. "Unfortunately, we don't know what the influenza B wave will look like". In the 2017-18 season, 133 children have died.

Doctor Lou Romig of After Hours Pediatrics says many patients are scared seeing the flu this late in the season.

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