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Doctors warn of second flu strain, particularly for children

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A second strain of the flu is causing concern for doctors across the country.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that cases of the second strain, influenza B, have overtaken the winter strain, influenza A, in parts of the country.

However, the Connecticut Department of Public Health's latest report from last week said influenza A is still prevalent in the state.

The CDC said influenza B can affect people all year, not just the winter months.

The American Family Care group, which consists of local doctors from around the country, said the symptoms of both strains are similar.

However, it said influenza B can be especially risky for children.

It urged parents to being the lookout for the following symptoms:

  • Fast breathing
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Bluish skin color
  • Trouble waking up
  • Extreme irritability, so much the child doesn't want to held
  • Fever with rash

AFC said just because someone had the flu earlier in the year doesn't mean they can't get it again.

It continues to say a flu shot is the best defense, even this late into the season.

The CDC even said influenza B viruses respond better to vaccines than their A counterpart.

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