Medical researchers are already seeing signs that this winter’s flu season could be especially severe throughout the United States and could prompt numerous visits to Sugar Land emergency care facilities. Many healthcare researchers are concerned because of the virulent strain of H3N2 flu that was prevalent in the Southern Hemisphere during the flu season that just concluded in that part of the world. For those worried about the impact that a severe bout of the flu could have on younger or more vulnerable members of their families, getting a flu shot early may be the best first line of defense against these serious medical conditions. Keep in mind a few points about the upcoming flu season and what it means for you and your family.
Some People Are at Higher Risk
Older people, younger children and those with weakened immune systems, respiratory issues and other chronic medical problems are at higher risk of serious side effects from flu infections. If these individuals contract one of the more virulent strains of the flu, they may require a trip to the Sugar Land emergency clinic to receive treatment for breathing issues and other problems typically associated with the combination of the flu with other serious health conditions.
Sooner Is Better
The flu vaccine takes up to two weeks to provide full protection. For this reason, most medical professionals recommend that you obtain a flu shot as soon as they are available in early autumn. This will help you and your family to prepare in the most effective way to protect yourself against serious consequences of the flu.
If you do end up with a case of the flu even after a vaccination, calling your Sugar Land emergency care facility to schedule a quick checkup may be the best course of action. In some cases, medications can be administered during the first stages of the flu that will reduce the severity and will provide added comfort for those affected by the flu.
At St. Michael’s Elite Hospital, we offer the Sugar Land emergency care options you and your family need when illnesses or injuries require immediate attention. We are a fully staffed and stocked emergency room and inpatient care center with good working relationships with local hospitals. This allows us to admit you to these hospitals more quickly and to provide you with the right solutions for your Sugar Land emergency situations. Call us today at 281-980-4357 to let us know you are on your way. We are open 365 days a year and 24 hours a day to provide you with the best options for care in the Sugar Land area.