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CDC warns of second flu strain across US, child deaths up to 133

"Now the fact that we may be having a second peak of influenza B means we have a little more time to have to deal with it", said Dr. Romig.

While the season was mainly dominated by the H3N2 virus, an influenza A strain that is more severe and less receptive to vaccines than other types of the flu, influenza B has now overtaken influenza A. And that, says the CDC, could be setting the stage for a second wave of misery.

In the weekly report on influenza-like illness, only five other states reported high activity in the week of March 11-17. A spokesperson for the CDC told CNN that influenza B can be "just as severe" as influenza A, and that "we also know that influenza B tends to be more severe for younger children".

"We are now seeing about 60 percent of the flus are influenza B, so this is actually a good sign that we are toward the end".

The flu remains considered widespread across ME, but the decrease in numbers may indicate the spread of the virus continues to slow. The report notes that almost 58 percent of all laboratory-confirmed cases of flu were caused by the B strain.

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"However, because of the severity of this season, there have been questions raised about how well this year's flu vaccine worked", the FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a news release. New cases of all strains of the flu have decreased.

"Influenza B is usually worse for younger children", he said.

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As of its latest update, the CDC reports that flu-related child deaths are up to 133 for the 2017-2018 flu season. Flu B has now overtaken Flu A in total number of positive cases - however, because both are on the decline that is due to Flu A's drastic fall off since it peaked in activity weeks earlier compared to Flu B's steady decrease.

People at high risk for flu complications include children younger than 5, adults 65 years and older and pregnant women, the CDC says.

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