Brace Yourselves, Because This Nightmare Flu Season Isn't Over Yet

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For the year, six of the flu-related deaths have involved children.

It's not too late to get a flu shot, the CDC says.

Pennsylvania's unusually-severe flu season peaked in February, but cases rose slightly last week, likely because of a "B strain" of the flu, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported Tuesday.

"We often see a wave of influenza B during seasons when influenza A H3N2 was the predominant virus earlier in the season", she said. Many people in the Tampa Bay area are falling victim to a second wave of the "B strain" of flu.

Parents should be on high alert, as CDC officials say the "B" virus could be more severe for younger children. Throughout this season, "Influenza A" was the dominant strain, but now, "Influenza B" is making its rounds.

"Illness associated with influenza B can be just as severe as illness associated with influenza A and influenza B is usually worse for younger children", Nordlund said.

Other states are showing decreased cases of the flu.

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According to the CDC's Influenza Division's latest weekly statistics, positive cases of Flu B continue to decrease week-by-week on a downward trend.

This is because the strain of the flu virus that becomes widespread each year, also changes every year.

There's still a chance people could get it, even if they've already had a flu shot.

It's been the most active flu season in nearly a decade, killing more than 300 people in North Carolina. "It's important to know that it takes about two weeks for protection to set in".

Almost a quarter-million people have been confirmed as flu victims this year, and 133 children have already perished in the 2017-2018 season alone.

Nationwide, 2.7 percent of patients visiting their doctors complained of flu-like illness during week 11, just 0.5 percent higher than expected. Those with medical conditions such as asthma, chronic lung or heart disease, diabetes and obesity are also at risk for flu complications, including pneumonia. Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses, depending on the vaccine that research suggests will be most common.

The CDC's announcement has the Heslin family's attention in Indianapolis.

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