Have you seen the signs suggesting that it's time for a flu shot? If not, you probably will soon. Americans are largely being urged to get their flu shots without delay. Here's what you need to know. The Upcoming Flu Season May Be Rough The flu is making an early entrance this year. Even though flu season in this country typically starts in October. the United States takes its cue from other countries, like Australia, where the flu season is now winding down.
As a parent, I notice that my kids always seem to get sick or injured on the weekends and evenings, never when the doctor's office is actually open. When that happens, you're left wondering: is the fever serious enough for the emergency room, or can it wait until morning? Does that sprain require immediate treatment, or should I just bring them to the doctor on Monday? Now, however, there's a new option in my area: urgent care. If I don't think we need the emergency room, but also can't wait for the doctor's office to open, urgent care is the in-between option that allows us to get fast treatment at a lower cost than your average ER visit. Take a look through this blog to find out more about emergency and urgent care and how to tell which one you need.