Autumn has always been my favorite season. Along with much longed-for cooler weather, it brings some of the year’s best holidays, fun harvest-themed farm activities, and the fresh start of a new school year.
But along with all that good stuff, autumn also shares less pleasant gifts: germs, viruses, and the dreaded flu. Never fun, these illnesses are especially miserable with small children in the house, whether it’s you or the little ones who get sick. While it’s impossible to escape every little cold, now is the perfect time to get flu shots to protect yourself and your family against the flu.
If you’re on the fence about getting the flu shot, consider this. Babies and toddlers are more likely than adults to suffer complications from the flu, leading to hospitalization or even death. So, even if you’re young, healthy and not worried about getting the flu yourself, think about the little people in your life. And, not everyone who carries the flu virus has obvious symptoms – so, keeping the kids away from ill friends and relatives isn’t a foolproof way to protect them!
Urgent Care for Kids is one great place for families to get their flu shots: it’s family-friendly, affordable, and ensures that all staff have pediatric training. Urgent Care for Kids offers short wait times and online check-in, which helps you get in and out quickly even when wrangling a kiddo or two. With four locations across Houston, there is sure to be one close to you. And, they’re offering a special discount for Houston New Moms readers: $10 for children and $15 for adults!
When to get the flu shot? With flu season already upon us, the simple answer is: the sooner, the better. Don’t forget that the vaccine takes up to 2 weeks to become effective, so time is of the essence. But, it’s never too late, says Urgent Care for Kids’ Chief Medical Director Dr. Kristi Whitenton. “Flu season usually concentrates in the late fall and winter, but it can pop up year round. The best thing to do is get the vaccination before flu season hits, and that is around November in Texas.”
So go ahead – give Urgent Care for Kids a call ahead of time to ensure that your insurance will be accepted and use their easy online check-in features to make your family’s appointment today. Don’t delay – get those shots, and give yourself some peace of mind.