Asked by: Tobie Gozasked in category: General Last Updated: 26th May, 2020
Whats the difference between influenza A and B?
Similarly one may ask, what is the difference between influenza A and B?
While the symptoms of influenza B mirrors those of A, the main difference between the two strains is who it can affect. This allows strains of A to be spread more rapidly than B, while also meaning strains of B cannot cause pandemics with symptoms likely less severe. Flu shots protect against both strains of influenza.
Additionally, how serious is type A flu? Type A influenza can be dangerous and is known to cause outbreaks and increase your risk of disease. Influenza A mutates faster than influenza B, but both viruses are always changing, creating new strains from one flu season to the next. Past flu vaccinations will not prevent infection from a new strain.
Similarly, you may ask, what are the symptoms of flu A and B?
- fever* or feeling feverish/chills.
- sore throat.
- runny or stuffy nose.
- muscle or body aches.
- fatigue (tiredness)
- some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
Can you get influenza A and B?
It is possible to get the flu twice during the same flu season. Since there are two types of flu strains – influenza A and influenza B – if you get influenza A, you can also get influenza B. But there is some good news. Plus influenza B typically doesn't cause as serious of an infection.