Doctors warn of 'second wave' of the flu
Though it may not feel like it everywhere yet, the calendar says spring is here. But that doesn't mean we're out of the woods when it comes to, experts warn.
Flu season peaked in February and the majority of the country has finally seen a dramatic decrease in flu activity. However, flu seasons have long tails and doctors expect to see cases even into May.
This year's flu season was particularly rough, and appeared to. The virus has been responsible for 142 pediatric so far this season.
While health officials say the worst is behind us, there is still some flu virus circulating.
What's changed in the mix of virus type. Earlier in the season season, influenza A viruses were causing most of the cases, while now the B type of virus is predominating.
"Flu B generally is on the same level of severity as flu A, especially for adults. There may be some data to suggest that in very young children, flu B could be more severe," Dr. Branson Godbout of Lenox Hill Hospital told CBS New York.
Still, the overall numbers are way down, and even better news is thatis a better match for the B type and should be more protective than it was against influenza A. Experts say if you haven't gotten your flu shot yet, it's not too late.