A Second Wave of Flu May Be On the Way, CDC Warns

CDC warns of a second wave of flu virus happening now

With that now tapering off, doctors are gearing up for another season, this time for Type B. The virus has killed 1-in-10 Americans this year, including more than 100 children.

Flu season is beginning to wind down, but the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control says a second wave of the virus is happening now. A CDC spokesperson says B-strain viruses tend to be more severe for younger children.

The numbers are on par with those in Maryland, where the B-strain topped 60 percent of all cases reported.

In a March 23 release the CDC announced that overall flu cases are finally dropping however, "Influenza B" cases have jumped above the more common "Influenza A" virus.

Those with health problems, along with the young and old, are still the most vulnerable.

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Two children in Virginia died from flu related complications this year.

Scientists are working to make the flu vaccine more effective, attempting to create a universal vaccine.

"We still have another month or so of increased potential for flu cases", she said. During that week, almost 58 percent of all lab-confirmed cases were caused by the B-strain, according to the report.

Even those who already got the flu this year may not be safe, since it's possible to get sick with both influenza A and influenza B in a single season.

It's been the most intense flu season since 2009's swine flu, overwhelming emergency rooms across the country.


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