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Flu Increases During the Holidays

By Erica Williams
By ewilliams@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - The holiday season usually means more interaction with friends and family. According to doctors, this could also mean more illnesses.

Reports have shown that there have been more flu cases this year than in previous years.

Doctors at Physicians Quality Care in Jackson, said they have seen an even bigger increase in cases during the holidays.

Physicians said during the holidays, people are shopping and attending more parties and events where the flu virus is prevalent.

"The virus is spread through coughing and touching people that are infected. So being around other people and family obviously raises the chances of it being spread," said Michael Wilkerson, a physician at Physician's Quality Care.

Doctors said it is not too late to get your flu shot. They also recommend washing your hands more often while associating with crowds of people.