Doctors say that influenza A is waning; cases of type B showing up

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Updated: 2/21/2013 7:24 pm Published: 2/21/2013 7:21 pm

Recent flu statistics from the Tulsa County Health Department reveal that 946 people have been hospitalized in Oklahoma due to the flu since September 31th.

Physicians in Tulsa say that their once packed waiting rooms aren’t a flu hot spot anymore.

“It’s beginning to wane here in Tulsa,” said Medical Director at Harvard Family Physicians, Dr. Ken Muckala.

“We’ve noticed the difference in the amount of ill people that we are seeing,” said Dr. Muckala.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Influenza is categorized into groups A, B, or C. Human influenza A and B viruses can cause seasonal epidemics of disease almost every winter in the United States.

Dr. Muckala tells FOX23 that the influenza A is decline but cases of influenza B are popping up at the doctor’s office.

“Our pediatrics department is seeing more children with influenza B now,” said Dr. Muckala.

Dr. Muckala says that they aren’t experiencing an epidemic and the symptoms are typically less severe than influenza A.

“Less of a headache, less of a fever, less toxicity, less achiness of joints, less cough,” said Dr. Muckala, “But it is still quite a significant illness.”

Dr. Muckala says that a flu shot will protect you against both types of the flu. He says that the worst of flu season appears to be behind us but don’t let up on good hand washing, eating properly and getting enough rest.

State health officials say one more flu death has been reported in Oklahoma in the past week.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported the new death on Thursday. The agency says a total of 26 people have died in Oklahoma so far this flu season. There have been six flu related deaths in Tulsa County.

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