The Louisiana Department of Health is very concerned about a second wave of the flu.
"This is a kind of worse scenario, and what I mean by that is that we've just gone through a terrible flu season with the prevalent A-type virus, which, as you know, has left so many people sick." We had unbelievable numbers Hospitalization, probably deaths, and now that this has finally subsided and begun to retire, we have seen the onset of a second strain, "said Frank Welch, MD, with the Louisiana Department of Health.
Now the CDC are reporting that they see more of the B strain. And the State Health Department says kids can be harder hit than adults.
"Instead of seeing the regular increase in flu cases drop steadily, the CDC saw a weakening last week and had multiple outbreaks of influenza B viruses across the country. Well, the good news is we did not see that . " Louisiana, "said Welch.
Fred Lopez, MD Infectious Diseases MD at LSU Health, says although the number of influenza cases in this state has dropped, it's not time to hide.
" B is increasing and we will see a wave? It is too early to say so. We have just this most recent data showing that B is definitely increasing nationally and locally. But three in the state of Louisiana. "Quarter of the viruses that are characterized are A viruses in the latest surveillance data," said Lopez.
Lopez also points out that with the A strain of the flu earlier in the season, you will not get any immunity to the B strain.
"So if, for example, you had a H3N2, one of the A-strain infections earlier in the year, you could now become infected with one of those B-strains, which will increase proportionally," Lopez said.
This is especially important given that the flu season can last until May.
"We continue to see a decline, what we hope is that we will not catch up this week," Welch said.
It's not too late to get a flu shot if you do not have one yet. Doctors say it's your best defense against getting sick. We were told this season's vaccine is more effective against the B strain of influenza than the A strain.
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