Flu cases starting to rise just in time for the holidays
Posted on 12/23/2016 5:48:00 AM.

The holiday season is here, and unfortunately so is flu season. Dr. Frank Welch with LDH says we’re seeing a slight uptick in the number of flu cases in Louisiana.

“Over the past week, week and a half we’ve seen a fairly significant jump in the number of flu cases. We’re up about 1.5%,” Welch said.

Welch says about 4 of every 100 doctor visits is for the flu. He says public health officials are also watching for potential outbreaks of other illnesses. He says there’s a fairly large outbreak of mumps in northern Arkansas.

“Fortunately that does not seem to have affected Louisiana yet, but we’re also on the lookout for mumps, as well as several cold viruses going around,” Welch said.

Welch says illness is more prevalent this time of year because so many people stay indoors, which allows viruses to spread. He says there are ways people can avoid getting sick during the holidays.

“Make sure you go and get that flu shot, and then follow those simple rules that we all follow. Wash your hands frequently, cover your cough, and if you are sick, please try and stay away from those family gatherings,” Welch said.

Dr. Frank Welch, LDH, flu season, mumps

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