BRISTOL, Tenn./Va. - Being sick during the holidays doesn't sound like an ideal time.
"People get together for Thanksgiving, the bugs get to visit with their friends and relatives. Then right after Thanksgiving and particularly after Christmas the cases really start to take off," says Doctor Grat Correll of the Mountain View Medical Center.
It's flu season, and doctors say it has potential to be a bad one. "Influenza is here, we have found both influenza A and influenza B in our office," says Dr. Correll.
They've already had more patients with the flu this season so far, than last season combined. Dr. Correll continues, "Last year was beautiful, I literally did not see a single case of flu in the office. This year its already started and started early."
Resident Rita Street says she learned her lesson the last time she had the flu. "Several years ago I had the flu. I was very sick and I promised myself that if there was anyway I could keep from being that sick again I would, and I've had the flu shot every year since then," says Street.
Remember when sending your child to school, they're going to be around a lot of people which will spread germs that could be brought back to your family. Street says, "Not only are we in contact with a lot of people, we have a higher risk of taking the flu. But if we had the flu we'd be at a higher risk of spreading it."
Doctor Correll says it's not too late to get your flu shot. "We're going to be dealing with influenza for the next several months," he told us. "Sometimes flu will last through March, and sometimes as late as May."'
Here are some other ways to keep from spreading germs: Wash your hands often, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and of course eat healthy and get plenty of sleep.