Virginia having tough time shaking the flu this season

Virginia having tough time shaking the flu this season

Virginia having tough time shaking the flu this season

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.

A weekly surveillance report by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention noted that while the number of reported cases of Influenza A had declined, the number of Influenza B incidents were up.

While the flu numbers have dropped significantly since February, the CDC announced to expect another flu wave, particularly the B-strain that affects children in particular. A spokesperson for the CDC told CNN that influenza B can be "just as severe" as influenza A, and that "we also know that influenza B tends to be more severe for younger children". People who got hit with Influenza A can be infected with the B strain within the same season.

"We are now seeing about 60 percent of the flus are influenza B, so this is actually a good sign that we are toward the end".

So far this year, 246,766 people have tested positive for the flu, with 78 percent of the 26,694 total hospitalizations reported attributed to the influenza A virus.

The week also saw a noticeable increase of influenza B virus reports nationwide.

Officials said it's still not too late to get the flu shot and encouraged preventive measures such as consistent hand washing, cleaning surface areas and avoiding hand contact to the face, eyes, nose and mouth when out in public.

First, it was Influenza A. Now, the CDC is warning about Influenza B. This time it's the so-called "B-strain" of the flu.

"It's probably one of the more severe years we've had in the past few decades", Haupt said.

Unfortunately, if you've already had the flu this season, you're not necessarily out of the woods.

"As long as flu is spreading vaccination should continue", said Nordlund.

Health officials warn this strain could mostly impact children, but in Lucas County right now, that is not what health officials say they are seeing.

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