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Strand "A" flu numbers down, Stand "B" numbers rising

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First, it was Influenza A. Now, the CDC is warning about Influenza B.

According to the CDC's most recent report for the week ending March 17, almost 58 percent of all confirmed cases were caused by the B strain of the influenza virus.

A CDC spokesperson says the B strain flu virus tends to be more severe for younger children.

It's one of the worst flu seasons on record.

Sinai Hospital ER doctor Lisa Kirkland says while cases of the A-strain flu are winding down, the B-strain wave is on the way. Despite the decrease, levels are similar to peak activity observed during the 2016-17 season, indicating this season is not over yet. "Unfortunately, we don't know what the influenza B wave will look like".

Those with health problems, along with the young and old, are still the most vulnerable.

Scientists are working to make the flu vaccine more effective, attempting to create a universal vaccine.

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The CDC also said another strain of the flu is making its way around.

With 35 million Americans sidelined by the flu every year, Kirkland says some people could be hit with a double dose of the virus.

Find out more about Maryland's flu numbers here.

"There's no crystal ball to say how many more cases we're gonna have or when this is gonna end", Zgodzinski said.

"We've seen a few more cases of Influenza A recently, over the last few days".

Even those who already got the flu this year may not be safe, since it's possible to get sick with both influenza A and influenza B in a single season.