Influenza strain ‘B’ attacks early, targeting more children


GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) Chances are he already hit you or someone you know.

Nebraska is experiencing a high level of activity in flu-like diseases so far this season.

It is safe to say that many people have been sick with the flu this season.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists a large part of the US. UU. In the category of high flu activity, including Wisconsin.

But what is different this year, and what remains puzzling for doctors, is the type of flu that more people are getting.

The flu strain that has been most active so far is the one that is most likely to affect more children.

When you have a high fever, pain and a virus that works hard in your lungs, you feel horrible, regardless of the influenza strain you have.

But for doctors, and for parents, that tension does matter a little more.

“The main difference is the populations that are susceptible. In general, children are more susceptible to strain B, and adults are more susceptible to strain A,” says Dr. Edward Morales, an infectious disease doctor at Prevea Health .

Of the two common strains of influenza, strain A attacks first almost every year.

Strain B usually arrives later in the season, often in February.

But this year, Prevea health centers across the state report 30 times more cases of that strain B than this time last year, with 151 cases compared to only five a year ago.

Dr. Morales says that the strains are incredibly contagious, but children, especially young children, are more susceptible to the tension that arises at this time.

He says it may be partly because they have less developed airways or immune systems that are not yet as strong.

“There may be a situation with the population, such as children might be a little less inclined to use hand sanitizers or handwashing and good infection control practices, where adults can be more, so that could be the which is why it seems to be more a population than the others, “explains Dr. Morales.

But exactly why the strains are flip-flops the medical community really can’t answer yet.

Doctors say that we are not yet near a peak, so it is still recommended to get a flu shot and can still provide protection.

Dr. Morales says that this year’s vaccine covers strains A and B.

“For most vaccines, full immunity usually (takes) two weeks or so, maybe up to three weeks, but you start getting immunity as soon as you get the vaccine, so you start developing that protection right away, so it’s worth it, “says Dr. Morales.

He says that adults and children can get sick with any tension.

When asked if he expected to see more influenza from strain A in the coming weeks, Dr. Morales said: “I think the flu season is really unpredictable and people don’t always know what’s going to happen.”

He says that the fevers for the virus can last several days and that children should not go to school or daycare until the fevers have completely disappeared. Most schools ask parents not to allow children to return to school until they have a fever for at least 24 hours.


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