If you're worried about the flu, here's something to cheer you up. The worst of this year's flu season appears to be in the rear view mirror.
Influenza-A numbers are dropping quickly, but we are still seeing a small surge of Influenza-B. "Flu-B has been kind of tricky this year because we are not getting much of a fever with it, and we are getting a lot more sneezing, so it's making it seem like it's a lot more like an allergy, but it's actually not. It's Flu-B," said Dr. Sky Izaddoost from the Children's Hospital of San Antonio Primary Care Unity, Stone Oak location.
Dalasha Bizzell works with Dr. Sky and told us that she had Flu-B. She said, "My eyes were swollen. I had chills. I was hot but didn't have a fever, runny nose, a lot of a cough."
And it is possible to get both forms of the flu in the same season, but Bizzell isn't too concerned. "I feel now that I've been working more with the little ones more recently, that I think I've passed the flu. I hope I've passed the flu," Bizzell said.
The CDC says February is typically the worst month for the flu, and we've seen a clear drop in Flu-A just in the last week. But with 48 states still reporting widespread flu activity, and only Oregon, Hawaii, and DC showing localized activity, you shouldn't let your guard down. Dr. Sky said if you can find a flu shot, getting one is still a good idea this late in the season. She told us, "At this point you're going to be hard-pressed to find a shot because the manufacturers aren't making it anymore. But if you can find it I would definitely still get it."
Dr. Sky says there is one other illness floating around that is similar to the flu and giving children 103 to 104 degree fevers. It's called the adenovirus. "We've been seeing that it usually causes a runny nose pinkeye ear infections and can also cause vomiting and diarrhea so keep an eye out for adenovirus," Dr. Sky said.
The CDC has cleared the way for the flu mist to come back on the market next year. It's actually a live flu virus your doctor would squirt up your nose. So you would have a small chance of getting the flu from that, but a better chance at protection. The thinking on that is if you can't handle the needle, some protection is better than nothing.