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Health officials warn of influenza B virus

29 March 2018, 01:58 | Rodolfo Quinn

CDC warns second wave of flu has begun The flu season may be winding down but parents of young children have reason to remain watchful

CDC warns second wave of flu has begun	 	 	 			The flu season may be winding down but parents of young children have reason to remain watchful

Flu season may have peaked in February, but we're not out of the woods yet.

The CDC has characterized 2,214 influenza viruses collected during October 1, 2017 - March 17, 2018, including 535 influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 viruses, 989 influenza A (H3N2) viruses, and 690 influenza B viruses.

Parents should be on high alert, as CDC officials say the "B" virus could be more severe for younger children.

With a flu season as severe as we've had experts say even if you have already had the flu this year you can still come down with a different strain later in the season. Four of those children were infected with influenza B. So far, the total number of children to die from both influenza A and B this season stands at 133.

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

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However, Influenza B cases have jumped, making up almost 60 percent of the country's flu cases reported. "We're starting to see a little bit more relative Influenza B, but overall the number of flu cases is way down". "Unfortunately, we don't know what the influenza B wave will look like", she said. Chalkley says, "Some of our [23] deaths have been attributable to Influenza A while others have been attributable to Influenza B". New cases of all strains of the flu have decreased. Benson also added adding influenza B can be just as bad for adults as influenza A.

If you've had strand A, you can still get the flu again.

Still, this second wave is not entirely unexpected, according to Nordlund.

"However, because of the severity of this season, there have been questions raised about how well this year's flu vaccine worked", the FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a news release.

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.

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