CDC Warns of Second Wave of Influenza by Separate Strain

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CDC warns of second flu strain across US, child deaths up to 133

Three more Mainers died from the flu last week, bringing the seasonal total to 77, according to new data from the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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.

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 often see a wave of influenza B during seasons when influenza A H3N2 was the predominant virus earlier in the season".

Peak flu season may be over and flu cases may be on the decline, but officials are warning residents to remain vigilant. Nearly 58% of all reported cases were caused by the typically less unsafe - but still very serious - cousins of our immunological foe.

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Tom Haupt of the Wisconsin Health Department also said the B-virus can hit children harder than adults and as a result there were more hospitalizations amongst the younger population, WISN reported. Experts recommend everyone who is unvaccinated get a flu shot while strains are still circulating. As type A numbers start trending down around this time of year, type B numbers start ticking up.

"Influenza B is usually worse for younger children", he said. "Unfortunately, we don't know what the influenza B wave will look like".

"This was a rough flu season".

The good news is, it's not too late to get your flu vaccine.

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

The CDC says the flu season may finally end in the latter part of May.

Doctor say 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.

Still, the the flu was far less prevalent during the week that ended Saturday than it was during the weeks surrounding the peak reached during the week ending February 10.

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