Doctor warns flu season is not over yet

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
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(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - While the peak of flu season is behind us, the number of cases of Influenza B appears to be on the rise.

"We have actually several more weeks of flu activity, potentially," St. Bernards Medical Director Dr. Kasey Holder said Wednesday. "And we have seen a change in the flu viruses that we are seeing."

Most flu cases seen throughout this season were a strain of Influenza A, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but more people being diagnosed recently have Influenza B.

Dr. Holder said Flu B is usually not as severe as Flu A, but it often impacts young children more severely.

"We are still seeing both Flu A and Flu B but there's been a definite decrease in the month of March in Flu A and an increase in Flu B, however, we didn't notice an increase in the number of admissions in flu," Holder said. "That actually has continued to trend down as well."

The doctor said it is still not too late to get a vaccination if you have not had one. And it might still be a good idea even if you have already had the flu once this season.

"You can definitely get the flu again and it is typically a different strain of the virus," Holder said.

Some good news, though, is that the CDC states the vaccination is actually more effective against Flu B than Flu A.

Dr. Holder said good hygiene is always the best preventative measure.

"All the same recommendations in place as they were at the peak of flu season," she said. "So, hand hygiene, lots of hand washing, keeping your hands away from your face, coughing into your elbow."

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