With Christmas now less than a week away, many family members and friends will be making the trip to spend the holidays together.

With that being said, it's important to be cautious of respiratory illnesses because the last thing anyone wants to be for Christmas is sick.

Alberta hospitals continue to see above-average pediatric cases of RSV and influenza.

In order to address a spike in respiratory infections, Alberta Health Services (AHS) decided to transfer hospice staff from Rotary Flames House to Alberta Children's Hospital a few weeks ago.

In order to handle the influx of patients, AHS put up a heated trailer outside the Children's Hospital emergency room at the beginning of December.

Alberta’s Health Minister Jason Copping did mention the situation is slowly getting better as more and more kids are returning to school and the absences are less and less.

The Canadian Medical Association is reminding Albertans just to be careful this holiday season, as nobody wants to be sick.

The peak for Influenza season in Alberta is usually January, right after Christmas.

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