What’s going around this season?

Posted at 12:53 PM, Dec 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-17 12:53:12-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - The norovirus is not the only thing "going around" getting people sick this month. Doctors told CBS 6 reporter Tracy Sears flu cases are starting to peak around Richmond.

"There's a lot of infectious disease going around right now and you see it after Thanksgiving, after Christmas, because of family get-togethers," family physician Dr. Anthony Fierro said.

The Virginia Department of Health has not reported a large spike in cases, however health officials added doctors offices, not the health department, are the first to see spikes.

The apparent lack of widespread flu activity gives some epidemiologists hopes this year's flu vaccine was a good match. Doctors do not believe fluctuating temperatures outside contribute to the spread of flu and other infectious diseases.

"You get sick because you're exposed, Dr. Fierro said. "But it also has to do with your immunity."

Want to stay healthy? Doctors recommend get good sleep, eat healthy foods, wash your hands and consider getting a flu shot.