Health officials warn of influenza B virus

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

While the season was mainly dominated by the H3N2 virus, an influenza A strain that is more severe and less receptive to vaccines than other types of the flu, influenza B has now overtaken influenza A. And that, says the CDC, could be setting the stage for a second wave of misery.

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.

"Though flu activity is declining, this increase in influenza B cases is not surprising", CDC spokesperson Kristen Nordlund told

"We've seen a few more cases of Influenza A recently, over the last few days". Experts have warned that babies and children are the most vulnerable to the flu, so having them get the flu vaccine from their doctor remains of utmost importance.

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As of Saturday, A strains had accounted for about 71 percent of flu cases in Pennsylvania in the 2017-2018 flu season, with B strains accounting for about 26 percent. As type A numbers start trending down around this time of year, type B numbers start ticking up.

The CDC recommends flu shots for those who have not gotten vaccinated while strains continue to circulate.

The CDC says children could be vulnerable to strand B, but Dr.

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

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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.

Meanwhile, the CDC's map shows widespread flu activity is still occurring this spring in 17 states, including Wisconsin. "It's not necessarily so uncommon, but we just want to make sure people are aware that flu season is not over so you still need to remain vigilant when it comes to healthy behavioral habits".

She added that this second wave of B-cases is not unexpected, but it's not yet known what this flu wave will look like.

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