WICHITA, Kan. If you’ve already had the flu, you may not be in the clear.
“I had Type A. It lasted about 13 days. Then, I was fine for like two days” says Robin Hesket, who has had a positive test for both strain.
“Yesterday I started feeling sick again. I went to the ER this morning and tested positive for Type B."
Dr. Thomas Moore, an infectious disease specialist in Wichita says Influenza A and B are different viruses, and he says you can contract both.
Hesket has, and she says it’s been miserable.
“It is very serious. I’ve been to the ER four times now. My whole family has had it. I even had a flu shot and took the Tamiflu.”
Influenza A can infect animals as well as humans, while Influenza B only affects humans. “A” is much more common, and Dr. Moore estimates only about 30 percent of flu cases are the B strain. He says the symptoms are essentially identical.
After going through both, Hesket has a warning.
“You just have to make sure that if you are sick you stay home from school,” she says. “Wash your hands. Wear a mask if you are out in public.”