Can You Get Flu Twice?

Unfortunately, no.

Experts say it is possible to catch the flu twice in one season.

But a smaller portion of people (around 10 to 15 percent) are getting the H1N1 strain or the influenza B virus, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

(H3N2 and H1N1 are both strains of influenza A.)

Can you get the flu twice 2019?

Yes, you can get the flu more than once a season. Since October 1, there have been nearly 26.3 million cases of the flu, as many as 12.4 million flu-related medical visits, and up to 31,200 deaths caused by the flu. Nine children died from the flu last week, bringing the total of pediatric deaths this season to 64.

Can you get the flu back to back?

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. Flu viruses aren’t like other viruses where you get them once and you’re protected for life.

Can you reinfect yourself with the flu?

No need to toss your toothbrush after recovering from a cold or flu–you can’t reinfect yourself. When you fall ill, your immune system creates antibodies specific to the strain of virus you have. Those good guys stick around to make sure you never get the same exact virus again, says Josh Miller, D.O.

Can you relapse from the flu?

A relapse could be an indication that your child has a secondary infection or complication as a result of the flu, such as pneumonia. If your child gets sick again shortly after they showed signs of getting better, check with your healthcare provider as soon as you notice the change.