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Have you heard of the Type B Flu?

Image with text "Type B Flu"It’s not uncommon for Type B flu to follow Type A during a typical season. The problem this year is that flu B has hit earlier than usual. This means that there is an overlap between the two flus. Do date, in Dallas county alone, the numbers for both strains of flu are double the numbers recorded at this time last year.

You may think, “I’ve already had the flu, so I’m in the clear, right?” Unfortunately, the answer is, “no.” You can get Type B flu on the heels of recovering from flu A. You can even get both types at the same time.

What’s the good news? Flu vaccines usually include three or four strains: two A strains and either one or two B strains, and this year’s vaccine includes the H3N2 strain, the H1N1 strain, and at least one B strain. And, according to the Department of State Health Services, this year’s flu vaccine should be more effective against the Type B flu.

So, how can you keep from getting either strain? First, if you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, come to Hillcrest Medical and do so ASAP. Second, wash your hands frequently and keep them away from your face. Third, avoid crowds when you can, and use hand sanitizer in places and situations where you can’t wash your hands.

If you do get the flu or any other illness, do your part to avoid spreading it. Don’t go to work, church, or other public gathering areas if you’re sick. Wait until you’ve gone at least 24 hours with no fever without medication before venturing out. (And don’t take sick children to school or day care.) Cover your mouth with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze. And, again, wash your hands often.

Remember,  come to Hillcrest Medical for all of your flu—and any other—medical concerns. We are the place for urgent care in Dallas.

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