Just when we thought we were in the clear, the flu strikes again. Don’t put away that hand sanitizer just yet because influenza B is going around. According to the CDC’s weekly flu report for week 12 of the 2017-2018 flu season, flu diagnoses have decreased nation-wide. But those still being diagnosed are testing positive for influenza B, therefore signaling the “second wave” of flu season, as The Cut reports.
The “good” news is that influenza B is not as contagious as the influenza A strain that plagued the country earlier this year. In fact, seeing a B strain pop up after a long-lasting A strain is quite common.
Although the B strain is less infectious, it can still cause just as much harm as an A strain of influenza. Influenza B can be deadly for children especially. But because it’s less contagious, the B strain is easier to prevent.
Speaking of prevention, your flu shot most likely protects you from at least one strain of influenza B. But unfortunately, scientists are not yet sure which strain is going around.
The best way to dodge the second wave of flu season is to keep washing your hands, stock up on vitamins, drink your orange juice, and hope there’s no “third wave” lurking in the near future.