- Cases of influenza A (H3N2) have declined but cases of influenza B are on the increase.
- It's not too late to get a flu shot, says the CDC.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that the flu season is not over yet and warned of a new wave of influenza B, which is on the rise.
The influenza virus that dominated this season, influenza A (H3N2), seems to be on the decline, but cases of influenza B have increased the CDC's weekly statement of March 11 states that nearly 58 percent of those in the lab confirmed cases of flu caused by the B strain.
"Although influenza activity is decreasing, this increase in influenza B cases is not surprising," said CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund to weather.com. "We often see this in the seasons when influenza A H3N2 was the predominant virus at the beginning of the season."
The CDC notes that influenza B can be just as deadly as other strains of the virus.
Influenza B can be as severe as the disease associated with influenza A and influenza B is usually worse for younger children, "said Nordlund.
During the week ending March 11, five became reported pediatric deaths, bringing this year's national total to 133. Seventeen states reported widespread flu activity
So far, 246,766 people have been tested positive for influenza this year, with 78 percent of the total 26,694 hospital admissions
There have been some good news, too.New cases of all flu variations have declined.
Even though the season breaks down, it is not too late to get a flu shot, Nordlund.  "As long as the flu spreads, the vaccine should continue," said Nordlund. "It is important to know that it is about It may take two weeks for the protection to take effect. "
Even people who have had flu this year may be thinking about the vaccine because they can get infected by several influenza viruses in one single season
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People at high risk for flu complications include children younger than 5 Adults 65 and over and pregnant women says the CDC. Those with medical conditions such as asthma, chronic lung or heart disease, diabetes and obesity are also at risk for flu complications, including pneumonia.
Antivirals like Tamiflu are effective in reducing the symptoms of the flu, but are most effective when administered within 48 hours of onset of symptoms.
The CDC recommends that people with symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue seek medical attention as soon as possible possible fatal complications.