After heavy flu season, now get ready for second round of diseases. A different strain of the flu is now resulting in a huge number of flu cases at area hospital emergency rooms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s report.
The second wave of the influenza strain B is on the wane at the end of a season, says Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University.
Your body takes a few weeks to absorb the flu vaccine, so if you get the flu shot earlier, your body will protect your immune system against flu. Though flu cases are falling greatly in recent weeks B may increase the risk of diseases. Even strain B is never as widespread as A, it can be just as severe. People who have already been hit with an A strain are also at risk to get sick from influenza B.
After heavy flu season, now Influenza B is expected to be treated with both the flu vaccine as well as antivirals, including Oseltamivir which is commonly known as Tamiflu. Earlier this year, Healthline unveiled that Tamiflu and other antivirals have also an effect on influenza B. other antivirals including peramivir (Rapivab) and zanamivir (Relenza) are also effective.
Schaffner said, “We’re at the end of the season now, and getting vaccinated now is akin to locking up the barn after the horses have been stolen.” “But, fall will come, September, October, and November will arrive. That’s the time to absolutely get vaccinated. Don’t put it off.”