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It's Primetime for Influenza B

29 March 2018

Pennsylvania's unusually-severe flu season peaked in February, but cases rose slightly last week, likely because of a "B strain" of the flu, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported Tuesday.

Virginia is one of the last states reporting an unusually high percentage of patients seeking treatment for flu-like symptoms this season, according to the latest data from the CDC.

While flu activity nationwide has dropped to just above non-flu-season levels, influenza B viruses were reported more frequently than influenza A viruses during the week ending March 17, according to the CDC. "It's not uncommon based on the influenza season we did experience this year to see the Influenza B trail a little bit longer".

Even if you've already gotten sick earlier this season, you're not necessarily immune to the second wave.

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Peak flu season may be over and flu cases may be on the decline, but officials are warning residents to remain vigilant.

The CDC estimates that nearly 60% of recent flu cases have been caused by the "B" virus. Many people in the Tampa Bay area are falling victim to a second wave of the "B strain" of flu.

"It's probably one of the more severe years we've had in the past few decades", Haupt said. New cases of all strains of the flu have decreased. "Influenza B especially for young children".

If you've had strand A, you can still get the flu again. If you think you have the flu, stay home to avoid spreading your germs. "What we are noticing right now is we are still seeing patients coming in positive for flu B".

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As of its latest update, the CDC reports that flu-related child deaths are up to 133 for the 2017-2018 flu season.

Bolly says the best method of defense against the flue is practicing good hygiene and getting the flu shot as chances of severity and the length of the flu sticking around decrease with the shot.

The CDC recommends flu shots for those who have not gotten vaccinated while strains continue to circulate.

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It's Primetime for Influenza B