Think about it, you're traveling from place to place. You're shaking  hands with a lot of people. You're hugging some, kissing others, no you're not a former Louisiana Congressman,  you're a regular person celebrating the holiday season. Since the holidays are all about giving. You need to be careful that you don't give or receive an unwelcome holiday guest. The flu.

Dr. Frank Welch with the Department of Health and Hospitals says the good news is the flu season is off to a slow start. The bad news is that holiday travel, holiday gatherings, and the change in the seasons can escalate flu season almost over night.

We’ve had some much cooler weather over the past few days and when people congregate together with closed doors and windows that is the perfect time and place for the flu to spread.

Dr. Welch also told the Louisiana Radio Network that in addition to getting a flu shot. You should take extra precautions when you're around groups of people.  Things like hand washing, covering your mouth when you cough, and avoiding those who appear to be ill are great ways to avoid getting the flu.  Still the number one preventative is getting that flu shot.

It’s much better able to work and prevent the flu. Some people may get the flu after they get the flu vaccine, but it will be much, much milder and you’ll get better much quicker.

I agree I'd rather work at not getting the flu than work at getting better recovering from the flu. Taking a few extra steps now could mean a season free of the flu at your house for your family.