The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is warning of a second wave of the flu - and it's expected to be just as bad as the first.
The bulk of this year's deadly flu season was dominated by the H3N2 virus, an influenza A strain that is more severe and less receptive to vaccines than other types of the disease.
The CDC warns against a false sense of security by pointing out that even if people had influenza A already this season, they are still able to contract influenza B. Therefore, the CDC warns people to take precautions against getting sick.
Michigan, and most of the Midwest, is listed as having low to minimal flu activity as of the CDC's most recent update from the week ending on March 17.
"It hits the younger population harder than it hits the older population, so we are starting to see more hospitalizations among children with influenza B", Haupt said. People who have already been sick with strain A, can still get sick from the strain B. "We often see a wave of influenza B during seasons when influenza A H3N2 was the predominant virus earlier in the season".
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There are two main strands of the Flu.
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. "The CDC and other experts recommend that you still get vaccinated while influenza is circulating", said Dr. As type A numbers start trending down around this time of year, type B numbers start ticking up. That is, until they got the flu.
"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. But after reaching out to doctors and nurses in the Triad, they say the biggest point they want to drive home: the flu is the flu.
She added that this second wave of B-cases is not unexpected, but it's not yet known what this flu wave will look like.