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CDC: Parents of young children need to be vigilant of 2nd wave of flu virus -- B strain

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By KENDRA MANN, WJLA

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a second wave of the flu has hit and this time, it's the B strain of the influenza virus that's spreading, according to CNN.

The A strain had previously dominated this flu season, but now the CDC says parents need to remain vigilant of the B strain -- especially those with younger children.

"We know that illness associated with influenza B can be just as severe as illness associated with influenza A," CDC spokeswoman Kirsten Nordlund told CNN. "We also know that influenza B tends to be more severe for younger children."

The CDC says 58 percent of recent reports for the week ending March 17 were from the B strain, not the A strain.

Officials add that just because you have had the flu this season doesn't mean you're in the clear; it's possible to get sick with a different strain in the same season.

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The CDC recommends anyone who hasn't gotten their flu shot yet to do so now.

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