Health Officials Warn Flu Season Isn't Over Yet

Dan Wing
April 05, 2018 - 10:26 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- This year's flu season has been a rough one, and even though the seasons have officially changed, we're not done with the fevers, sniffling and nausea just yet. A new strain of the virus is making the rounds. 

While this season's Influenza A virus has run its course, Influenza B will be hanging around through the end of May. This year's Influenza A was a very strong version of the virus. And Dr. Gregory Cannon of AFC Urgent Care in Narberth, says this year's Influenza B is a toned down version of that same bug. 

"Influenza A, you just really feel like you got hit by a truck," Cannon explained. "Fevers, 102 [degrees] or slightly higher, sniffles, headache, congestion, and you take those symptoms and just kind of dumb them down just a little bit. That's what we're looking at with Influenza B."

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Dr. Cannon says young children are especially at risk for catching Influenza B, and warns that people who already had the flu this year can catch it again.

He says parents should be on the lookout for symptoms in young children, in addition to them being lethargic.

"If they're just not keeping food or especially fluids down," Cannon said. "If they're extremely irritable and inconsolable, or if you notice they're having rapid or even labored breathing, or like a pale, grayish, kind of washed appearance."

Dr. Cannon says it's not too late to get a flu shot, if you didn't already, and as with any case of the flu, you should drink plenty of fluids and get as much rest as possible.