The good news for the rest of the 2018 flu season is that influenza B viruses traditionally respond better to flu vaccines.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the influenza B virus is making the rounds across the country.
Since October, 26,694 people have been hospitalized with flu-related symptoms, with almost 78 percent of those hospitalizations related to the influenza A virus, according to the CDC.
Influenza B's tendency to affect children more severely makes a late-season outbreak highly concerning.
The newer strain is usually less severe than influenza A, but is still a concern for young families, even those who may have already dealt with one round of flu this season.
"We track all of our viruses and we definitely saw an increase this year in Influenze A and Influenza B virus as well as (what) many states across the nation had reported", Bolly told KWTC radio in Kansas.
And many doctors are warning there could be a second peak to the flu season.Читайте также: Oil Falls After API Reports Major Surprise Crude Inventory Build
According to the CDC's Influenza Division's latest weekly statistics, positive cases of Flu B continue to decrease week-by-week on a downward trend.
In an update, the CDC says that reports of the influenza A virus are on the decline while reports of the influenza B virus were more prevalent. Influenza A strains also generally result in more severe illness and hospitalizations compared with its counterparts. As type A numbers start trending down around this time of year, type B numbers start ticking up.
If you got the flu already, you could still get it again.
The CDC notes that influenza B can be every bit as deadly as other strains of the virus.
Still, the the flu was far less prevalent during the week that ended Saturday than it was during the weeks surrounding the peak reached during the week ending February 10.
Doctors' offices are preparing for flu season to last longer than normal and could see patients until the end of May and possibly even into June.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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