PEORIA, Ill. -- Those visiting loved ones this holiday season are urged to take precaution--especially around the elderly and newborn.
According to the Center for Disease Control the flu is spreading throughout Illinois and has found its way to Peoria.
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center says it has seen an influx of cases in the last couple days.
Center officals say viruses thrive during this time of year.
"You're in enclosed quarters," said OSF representative Shelli Dankoff. "During Christmas you're going to be around a lot of people. If you're within six feet of people and you're getting coughed on or shaking hands. It's easy to spread the virus without even knowing it."
In addition to getting a flu shot--frequently washing your hands, covering your cough, and wiping down common areas are easy ways to avoid passing the virus.