Just when you think you're done with this year's flu season, the CDC says another strain is on the rise, and this one hits kids worse.

While cases of the flu are down overall in CNY, the CDC is warning that there has been an increase in cases of B-strain virus. B-strain flu tends to be worse for children.

It's possible to have get sick with B-virus flu, even if you were already infected with A-strain.

Remember to continue to take precautions to avoid the spread of the flu virus, according to the CDC:

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

You can get the full list of tips and other flu-related information from the CDC.gov.

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