Be Prepared for Flu Season

As our kids head back to school after a fun filled summer, our lives are bound to get busy again! Any unplanned changes in our normal routine like getting a call from school about a sick kid could easily throw us off. Preferred Urgent care has identified three (3) important back-to-school tips to ensure a smooth transition:

1. Flu Season-Flu Shot

Is your child fully protected? Disease outbreak still happens. Get vaccinations for your young kids, pre-teens, and teens. Parents who choose not to vaccinate their kid increase the risk of disease not only for their own kids, but also for other kids and adults in the entire community. According to CDC, flu vaccines are recommended for kids 6 months and older. Getting your children as well as other family members and caregivers vaccinated can also help protect infants younger than 6 months old who are too young to be vaccinated. Preferred Urgent Care offers walk-in flu shots this season for only $29.99 for residents of Cinco ranch, Katy, Richmond, Fulshear, and Houston, TX. No wait time and no appointment necessary! Beat the back to school rush and use this opportunity to get your entire family protected against the flu!

2. Personal Hygiene for your kids

Educate your kids about habits and hygiene tips especially if you are dropping them off in school for the first time. Here are a few helpful tips:
a. Teach your child to sneeze, cough, or blow their nose into a clean tissue and then dispose of it properly.
b. Try to keep children from touching or rubbing their eyes, nose, and mouth, as these are common ways for germs to enter the body.
c. Pack healthy snacks for your child and teach them to wash fruits and vegetables before consuming.
d. Disinfect or sanitize frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and other commonly shared items.

3. Make a Sick-Day Game Plan

Working parents also know the trials and tribulations of getting a call from the school nurse when they can’t get away from the office. “Most of our parents, because of the economy, are working,” says a teacher from Katy Independent School District. As school gets into full gear, line up a trusted babysitter or group of parents that can pinch-hit for each other when children get sick. And make sure you know the school’s policy. You may have to sign forms ahead of time listing people who have your permission to pick up your child. If you need to see a doctor immediately and you can’t secure an appointment with your primary care physician, visit us at Preferred Urgent Care for walk-in visits, no appointment necessary.

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