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What is influenza B and what are the symptoms? Influenza B (the flu) is a highly contagious respiratory illness that affects millions of people each year. If you think you might have influenza B, it is important to see a qualified healthcare provider immediately to get tested.

The First Step to Recovery? Recognizing Influenza B Symptoms

According to the CDC, influenza B symptoms include the following:

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  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting, diarrhea or both
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Chills

Most of the time, influenza B symptoms last a few days to a week and patients are able to recover on their own. However, people with certain medical issues are at a higher risk for developing complications as a result of influenza B.

Who is most at risk for influenza B complications?

  • People over 65 years old
  • People with sickle cell disease or other blood disorders
  • Young children
  • Pregnant women

How can I prevent influenza B?

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Keep your hands away from your nose and mouth
  • Do not share food or drinks with someone who has influenza B
  • If you get sick, avoid public spaces so that you don’t spread the virus to other people
  • Get an annual flu shot

How do I treat influenza B?

  • Your healthcare professional may prescribe an antiviral medication to reduce the symptoms of the flu
  • Speak to a healthcare professional before taking any over-the-counter flu medications
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Stay hydrated

Influenza A, B and C: What’s the difference?

  • Influenza A is the most common type of influenza.
  • Influenza A and B cause seasonal flu outbreaks.
  • While the symptoms of influenza A, B and C are the similar, influenza C symptoms tend to be milder.

Fastmed has walk-in clinics in North Carolina and Arizona and offers services 7 days a week, with no appointment required. FastMed’s goal is to offer great health care, from qualified medical professionals while saving our patients time and money. Need a flu shot? Stop by one of our locations today!

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