Avoid the “BERS”: How Routine Vaccinations Can Help Your Family

We are thankful to our partners at UTMB Health for keeping Houstonians safe and healthy this holiday season.

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Moms – we’re in the THICK of our busy season – {well let’s be real, there’s always something moms could be doing to keep them busy}. But I’m talking about those peak busy months – September, October, November and December or as I like to call them – the “BERS.” School’s really getting in gear, there’s holiday shopping and planning to do, end-of-the-year parties and recitals, basically ALL THE THINGS and all at once.

The last thing you need for you or your crew is for someone to get sick, and with all the running around, crowds and lack of sleep, it’s the perfect storm of conditions for germs to pounce and prey on even the healthiest immune systems.

To give yourself a bit of extra protection, be sure to get your flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine or booster, whichever applies to you.

UTMB Health pediatrician and associate professor, Dr. Manuela Murray took some time recently to discuss the options and what trends they’re seeing in the region right now. Watch the video below to learn more.


This video was originally produced in conjunction with i45Now.

There’s lots happening right now; don’t let some sickness sideline you from the experiences! To schedule your vaccine with UTMB Health, visit this appointment page 

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Meagan Clanahan
Meagan is a Dallas native who has lived in the Katy area for over a decade. She kicked a soccer ball all the way to Louisiana to attend college at her family’s alma mater of LSU, where she promptly fell in love with a Texas Aggie in Baton Rouge for an internship. After swimming back to Texas following Hurricane Katrina, Matt and Meagan fell in love with the Houston area and now couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Following several years of infertility, their miracle twins Ryan and Quinn were born in June of 2010. She believes there is nothing better than a chilled glass of Pinot Grigio, a large Sonic Diet Coke, sushi take-out, Girls Nights Out, and a mindless book to curl up with. Besides playing chauffeur and catering to the whims of her children, Meagan also is the Co-Owner of Houston Moms Blog. You can keep up with Meagan at The Clanahan Fam and on Instagram @meaganclanahan!


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