Now more than ever, protect your family from the flu. To prevent the flu, you need a plan.
This year it is more important than ever to get your flu shot. With increasing cases of highly contagious respiratory illnesses, such as COVID-19 and the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), it is important to protect yourself and your family by getting routine vaccinations. This can help prevent unnecessary medical visits and hospitalizations. Getting vaccinated for the flu and COVID-19 can help prevent and further the spread.
Get the flu shot during a well-child checkup, or during any prenatal visit.
To schedule your appointment, call 832-828-1005 or schedule through MyChart. Not registered in MyChart? Sign up here.
Not Feeling Well?
Understanding your symptoms is important. Reference the table below as a guide. Reach out to your provider if you have any concerns.
|It's a Cold
|It's the Flu
Slow onset of symptoms
No or mild fever
Muscles are not achy
Cold Fact Sheet
Sudden onset of symptoms
Lower than normal appetite
Flu Fact Sheet
Uncontrolled cough or shortness of breath that causes difficulty breathing
Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
Loss of taste or smell
For COVID-19 information, click here
Decrease in appetite
Did you know?
You can get your flu shot and COVID-19 vaccination at the same time
A flu shot is recommended for everyone 6 months or older, including kids, teens and pregnant women.
Kids get the flu at a higher rate than almost any other part of the population, which is why it is so important for them to get the flu shot.
The flu shot significantly reduces the risk of serious illnesses like pneumonia, hospitalization, and death due to the flu.
Kids with asthma or another chronic health condition are at a higher risk for serious flu-related complications. It is very important for these kids to get the flu shot as soon as possible so they don’t get sick in the first place.
The flu shot is inactivated, which means it doesn’t contain a live flu virus and can’t cause the flu.
Pregnant women can get a flu shot at any time during pregnancy.
The flu shot is safe for new moms and women who are breastfeeding.
It takes the flu shot about two weeks to help your body make antibodies to fight the flu virus. That is why it is important to get the flu shot as soon as possible.
Sources: AAP.org, CDC.gov
Practicing Healthy Habits
Wash your hands often.
Carry hand sanitizer at all times.
Keep your distance when you are sick or if you are around someone else who is sick.
Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces and objects.
Stay home when you are sick.
Additional COVID-19 Information for Patients
If you feel you or your loved ones have been exposed to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please do one of the following:
|Call your Primary Care Provider directly
|See an online provider now through Texas Children’s® Anywhere Care or schedule a phone or video visit with your Center provider by calling 832-828-1005. The online visits are a covered benefit for Texas Children’s Health Plan members.
|Call our 24-hour nurse help line at 1-800-686-3831 or TDD 1-800-735-2989
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