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:
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.
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