Flu season strikes again, this time seeing more of different strain

Brandon Parsons
March 29, 2018

The flu season appears to be winding down in Maryland and Virginia; but in D.C., there was a rise in the number of reported cases last week.

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. While the number of overall flu cases has gone down lately, a second wave is starting to spread: a different strain, Influenza B.

The CDC reports that two pediatric deaths were associated with an influenza B virus during the last few weeks.

Influenza B's tendency to affect children more severely makes a late-season outbreak highly concerning. Many people in the Tampa Bay area are falling victim to a second wave of the "B strain" of flu. "The CDC and other experts recommend that you still get vaccinated while influenza is circulating", said Dr. New cases of all strains of the flu have decreased.

"We know that illness associated with influenza B can be just as severe as illness associated with influenza A", Nordlund told CNN.

Meanwhile, the CDC's map shows widespread flu activity is still occurring this spring in 17 states, including Wisconsin. This is a reversal of the trend in the cumulative data of the CDC since October 1, 2017, with 75.6 percent of specimens testing as influenza A strains and only 24.4 percent as influenza B strains.

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

Even though flu season is clearly on its way out given low levels reported activity here in East Tennessee and most of the nation, there are still thousands of positive cases being reported across in labs across the U.S.

She says the flu, regardless if it's the A or B strain, is treated the same way.

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.

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