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Medication Safety

To treat flu symptoms such as fever and body aches, acetaminophen OR ibuprofen can be used. Do not use aspirin, aspirin-containing products or cough/cold medicines. Be mindful of other over-the-counter medicines that also contain acetaminophen, as too much can be fatal.

Practice medication safety when treating your child's symptoms of flu

Get vaccinated

The flu is common, but often unpredictable, and one of the best ways to keep your family healthy is to stay up-to-date on your annual flu vaccinations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommend the vaccine for children 6 months or older.  It takes around two weeks after receiving the vaccine to build up protective antibodies that fight the virus, so it's important to get immunized early in the season -- and ideally no later than October. 

You can read the full recommendations for the flu vaccine by the CDC here

And this Healthmap Vaccine Finder can help you find facilities, including retail clinics, that offer the flu vaccine. Contact your physician for more information.

Urgent Care Center and Emergency Department Wait Times

We provide wait times for our Urgent Care Centers to help you choose the Children's Urgent Care Center location and time of day that works best for your family.

View our wait times

When deciding which center to visit, consider both driving times and wait times. The closest center to you may have a longer wait time than others. No appointment is necessary.

In case of an urgent concern or emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department right away.

*If wait time is listed as "unavailable," the center is open and we can accept walk-in patients. Wait times are updated every minute and are estimates based on the average time it takes for a patient to be placed in an exam room. Wait times begin 30 minutes after we open and stop 15 minutes before we close.

Save your spot

We know the last place you want to be with a sick child is in a waiting room. To help you and your family spend less time waiting we have online scheduling at all of our pediatric Urgent Care Center locations. This allows you to select a time that you would like to come to the Urgent Care Center. Once at the center, you will begin the check-in process. A reserved slot is not a set appointment, and you may have to wait after you come into the center. Patients that arrive with a more serious condition or illness may be seen before you.

Reserving your spot

To reserve your spot, follow these steps:

We accept walk-in patients during business hours at all of our Urgent Care Centers. The best time to bring your child to one of our Urgent Care Centers is during the middle of the day. We are busiest in the mornings, late afternoons and evenings.

Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention


The flu is a respiratory illness caused by a virus. It can be mild or severe, and in some extreme cases can lead to death. Flu can be especially dangerous for those with chronic illnesses or a weakened immune system. Symptoms of the flu can include:

  • Chills
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Fever (usually 100.4 or higher)
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Child appearing more tired than usual

Treatment Advice from Our Pediatric Experts

If you suspect your child has the flu, your first step should be to contact your child's pediatrician. Because the flu is a virus, it needs to run its course, which means lots of TLC and rest at home. 

More at-home flu care tips:

  • Children's ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Advil or Tylenol) can be given to help reduce fever and ease body aches. Remember, aspirin and aspirin-containing products (such as Pepto- Bismol, Kaopectate, and Alka-Seltzer, for example) should not be given to children or adolescents who have flu-like symptoms, unless instructed by a physician to be given for other medical reasons.
  • Offer plenty of fluids to help prevent dehydration -- soft fruits, blended frozen juice drinks, and ice pops can also be given if your child gets tired of water
  • Encourage rest and couch time
  • A humidifier in your child's room can help break up nasal and chest congestion

Staying Flu-Free This Season

You can help keep your family well by steering clear of other people with the virus, encouraging frequent hand-washing, keeping noses and mouths covered with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and keeping your family up to date on their vaccinations. Keeping hard surfaces clean can also help prevent the spread of flu germs.

Arm little immune systems with plenty of sleep and exercise, and a nutrient-rich diet full of flu-fighting fruits, vegetables and protein.