Second Wave of Flu Hitting Hard
With spring just a few weeks away, you’d think flu activity would begin dwindling. But from the looks of it, flu season will continue well into April and even May this year.
Flu activity remains elevated, and widespread activity was reported in 48 states and Puerto Rico last week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly flu report.
Since October 1, there have been nearly 26.3 million cases of the flu, as many as 12.4 million flu-related medical visits, and up to 31,200 deaths caused by the flu.
Nine children died from the flu last week, bringing the total of pediatric deaths this season to 64.
Now, there’s a second wave of the flu — featuring a new, stronger strain — circulating in the southeast.
“Since there are multiple strains of flu virus going around, it is certainly possible to get the flu more than once,” Dr. David Cutler, a family medicine physician at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, told Healthline.