Flu season not over, cases of influenza B on rise

Bryan Strickland
March 29, 2018

Health experts say even with the recent wave of Influenza B cases, the flu season has already peaked with significantly fewer cases reported in the last three weeks. "Although the initial report of 36 percent overall efficacy for this year's vaccine in the United States that has been reported by our colleagues at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is better than some might have predicted, there is still clearly significant room for improvement". Flu cases were widespread in California. The number of new cases week to week has been steadily declining.

Similar declines have been observed in Virginia. He said since the virus doesn't like warm weather, meaning flu season probably won't end sometime in May.

The flu season may be winding down, but parents of young children have reason to remain watchful.

"This number represents the number of individuals who had influenza specifically listed on their death certificate", the report warned last month, adding the number of flu-related deaths is likely higher since "many influenza-associated deaths are due to secondary infections".

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.

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Even those who already got the flu this year may not be safe, since it's possible to get sick with both influenza A and influenza B in a single season.

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

The CDC says children could be vulnerable to strand B, but Dr. "We also know that influenza B tends to be more severe for younger children".

Influenza A and influenza B cause the seasonal flu epidemics during the fall and winter.

Nationwide, 2.7 percent of patients visiting their doctors complained of flu-like illness during week 11, just 0.5 percent higher than expected. It minimizes how sick you get.

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