Urgent Care For Kids: What you and Your Family Need to Know About Flu Season

Urgent Care for Kids is a pediatric urgent care facility that sees children on a walk-in basis with short wait times and is fully staffed by only Pediatricians.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has advised that the 2011-2012 influenza (flu) season will peak in January and February and will affect up to 20% of the U.S. population this year.

Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose.

Common sense practices such as washing and sanitizing your hands is of course a good way to avoid contracting the flu, however receiving a flu shot is recommend by the CDC as the “single best way” to prevent the flu.  You can receive a flu shot from most primary care physicians, pediatricians and urgent care centers, such as Urgent Care for Kids.  Healthy children over the age of 6 months can receive a flu shot and children over the age of 2 can receive the flu mist which is a great way for parents to give their children the benefit of the vaccine without having to use the dreaded word “shot”.

If you or your child is one of the unlucky ones who contracts the flu, you may be contagious 1 day before showing symptoms and up to 7 days after becoming sick.  If your child becomes sick with flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, fatigue) it is important to get them to a pediatrician as soon as possible.  Antiviral medications like Tamiflu can help treat the virus as recommended by the CDC.  These medications are most effective within 2 days of flu symptoms so it is important to visit a physician as soon as possible after showing these symptoms.

As flu season reaches its peak in the coming weeks, obtaining an appointment at your child’s pediatrician on short notice may be difficult to do leaving you with limited options.  A new option for pediatric medical care has recently come to Colleyville and Keller to provide parents with a convenient place to take their children for quality care by a Pediatrician called Urgent Care for Kids.

Urgent Care for Kids is a pediatric urgent care facility that sees children on a walk-in basis with short wait times and is fully staffed by only Pediatricians.  With evening and weekend hours, Urgent Care for Kids is a great option for parents who don’t want to wait multiple hours in an emergency room or don’t want to take their child to a non-pediatric trained doctor.  Most insurance is accepted and no appointments are needed.

Urgent care for Kids is located in Colleyville at 5611 Colleyville Blvd Suite 100, next door to Market Street and in Keller at 940 Keller Parkway, Suite 250.

This article was originally posted on Directory.Leadmaverick.com.


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