It's Christmas weekend and unfortunately flu season is here too. Dr. Frank Welch with LDH says we’re seeing a slight uptick in the number of flu cases in Louisiana.

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.

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.

Be sure to wash your hands frequently and steer clear of close, intimate contact with someone who is sick. The number one rule is to cover your mouth when you cough.