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Second wave of flu?

My DH saw on the news tonight an alert about a second wave of flu. I missed it, so I did a news search … sure enough I found this on the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

[O]fficials noted that they’ve seen more reports of the flu virus’s B-strain, which has been slowly overtaking reports of influenza A. For the week ending March 17, influenza B made up about 58 percent of the week’s total flu reports.

As always, for me the worry about the flu is the that can follow along with it. 

Fingers crossed that we can all stay safe!

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  • Pljohns

    Yep-it’s been making the rounds.  Seems like this years flu was a nasty one-it went away but then a bunch of people got the other strain that was going around and then some of them got pneumonia on top of it. 

    Both strains are still going away here-thank goodness-but yep, strainB is definitely still hanging around.

  • LK

    Yikes!!  Just when I thought things were settling down! 

    Looks like this year's flu vaccine protect better against the B strain but sounds like this wave is just getting going.

  • Megan Roberts

    Nooooooo !! Thanks for the update K8smom2002. Hope everyone manages to steer clear of this one and the complications that could follow.

  • Melissa G

    We had a ton of Sunday school teachers call out this morning, a lot of kids were sick. I have a feeling it's the flu. 

  • Pljohns

    UGH-I hate this-the doc next door to my clinic had 4 cases of flu yesterday-all strain B.

  • K8sMom2002

    Yikes, Melissa and Lynn! Stay safe!

    Lynn, I love the idea you've shared before about getting two flu shots. I haven't talked to my doc about that yet, but after this flu season finally ends, I plan on it. 

    Hopefully the weather will warm up and people won't be cooped up together, and that will help break the cycle. That and lots and lots of handwashing!

  • Pljohns

    the only problem I have with getting 2, is by April, a lot of places (including my PCP) have run out of flu vaccines.

  • LK

    I hadn't heard of getting two flu shots during one flu season.  Is it because the efficacy of the first one wears off?

  • Pljohns

    Flu shots are only good for a max of 6 months and because of my asthma, my old, wonderful pulmo always had me get 2 of them 6 months apart to make sure I was covered for early flu seasons and later ones as well.

  • Pljohns

    They actually start loosing efficacy toward 4 months and it dwindles from there but 6 months is about max on them-I knew that much from working primary care for so many years.

  • LK

    Wow,  good to know!  So it stands to reason that if one gets the flu shot early in the fall that one may need another one if the flu season is a long one.  Thanks!!

  • Pljohns

    yep-that;'s why I usually hit oct and April-covers us for normal fall flu and the april one covers for the late stuff-like now

  • K8sMom2002

    Lynn, I think you said as well that you have to cover that second flu shot because insurance won't cover it?

    I think it would be worth it. I hope one day they'll figure out a vaccine for para-influenza as well, because that's the thing that laid me low back in May of 2016. 

  • Pljohns

    yes, I have to pay for my second one but a quick google search gives me the prices everyone is charging in my area (PCP's are the highest because they are use to having a portion to write off from insurance).  I think either Sams or publix was the cheapest at $16.50 without insurance-well worth it for me.

  • K8sMom2002

    That is a DEAL! Think how expensive a hospital stay for the flu would be … 17 bucks is a no-brainer!

    Does your doc have to give you a prescription for it, or can you just walk in and get that second shot?