Second wave of flu making the rounds

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also noted a national increase in the B strain, with a CDC doctor telling CNN that B strains can be hard on young children, so parents should continue to be on the lookout for symptoms in their child.

The CDC reports five children died from the flu in the week ending March 17th.

The other states were Arizona, Nebraska, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Though flu activity is declining, this second wave of influenza B cases is not unexpected, Nordlund said. "It's not uncommon based on the influenza season we did experience this year to see the Influenza B trail a little bit longer". During that week, almost 58 percent of all lab-confirmed cases were caused by the B-strain, according to the report.

Taking antiviral drugs when prescribed.

The flu season usually ends around May, but doctors are still stressing all the ways to prevent it like hand washing and keeping away from those who are sick. Chalkley says, "Some of our [23] deaths have been attributable to Influenza A while others have been attributable to Influenza B".

Cases of influenza A (H3N2) have decreased, but cases of influenza B are on the rise.




"That's a problem; that's something we should all be anxious about", said Bruce Heslin, who is the father of four children and a doctor at St. Vincent Health.

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

Which means, it is still not too late to get a flu shot this year.

Still, this second wave is not entirely unexpected, according to Nordlund. For the year, six of the flu-related deaths have involved children.

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.

Experts say it's possible for those who've already been sick with the flu to fall ill again with a different strain later in the season.

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