Pennsylvania flu cases bump upward as 'B strain' circulates

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Seventeen states reported widespread flu activity for the week ending March 11.

"We know that illness associated with influenza B can be just as severe as illness associated with influenza A", CDC spokesperson Kristen Nordlund told CNN.

Saphier noted that Influenza B is more effective when it comes to the flu vaccine so people who have received a flu shot will likely to be more protected from Influenza B than they would from Influenza A.

Even if you've already gotten sick earlier this season, you're not necessarily immune to the second wave.

The flu remains considered widespread across ME, but the decrease in numbers may indicate the spread of the virus continues to slow. Nearly 58% of all reported cases were caused by the typically less risky - but still very serious - cousins of our immunological foe. Last week, more than half of all flu cases confirmed were caused by the B-strain. "He did not get vaccinated", he said, adding that he is concerned about the CDC's announcement.

Karen Bolly, Director of Infection Prevention for Via Christi says flu season typically lasts from October or November through May. "We also know that influenza B tends to be more severe for younger children". New cases of all strains of the flu have decreased.

"Well, you can't really say, this strain causes this and this other strain causes other symptom", said Tammy Koonce, a nurse with the Guilford County Health Department, "It seems to be flu symptoms are just flu symptoms".

The CDC notes that influenza B can be every bit as deadly as other strains of the virus. "Unfortunately, we don't know what the influenza B wave will look like". "What we are noticing right now is we are still seeing patients coming in positive for flu B".

Bolly says 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.

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