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In this Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, photo, certified pharmacy technician Peggy Gillespie fills antibiotics into a syringe for use as an I.V. push at ProMedica Toledo Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. A nasty flu season is hitting U.S. hospitals already scrambling to maintain patient care amid severe shortages of crucial sterile fluids, particularly saline solution needed to administer I.V. medicines and rehydrate patients. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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



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.

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

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