Prevention Is Still Important During COVID-19 Pandemic

Prevention Is Still Important During COVID-19 Pandemic

Prevention Is Still Important During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Everyday life has been nothing like it was this time last year, or the year before. But taking care of yourself is vital, no matter what. Planning your annual exams now will help make your own health a priority.

Time has a way of passing by before we know it. Things you meant to do never seem to get done. That includes the things you should do to protect your health. And now, it is harder to make preventive health care a priority. But it is still important.

It’s a good idea to talk to your health care provider about:

  • Vaccinations that prevent illness, like flu, pneumonia and shingles. You can get them at doctors’ offices, some pharmacies and other locations. If you have a primary care provider (PCP), make sure they’re updated on any shots you receive outside their offices.
  • Screenings to check for high cholesterol, high blood pressure and blood sugar.
  • Preventive care for your children. Children should have a check-up each year. leaving site icon Children and babies need vaccinations. And all kids’ growth and development need to be tracked. Talk to your doctor to find out how and when to bring your child in for an annual exam visit and shots. The doctor’s office should have preventive measures in place to protect you and your child.
  • Your well-woman exam. Women need to get a well-woman exam leaving site icon once a year. Depending on your age and health situation, you may be due for a women’s screening test such as a pap smear or mammogram. It’s recommended that women aged 50 to 74 get a mammogram every other year. Ask your doctor if you need to have more frequent screening or need to start screening earlier due to your personal health situation. Well-woman visits also give you time to talk with your doctor about hormone concerns, sleep issues, stress and any other problems you may be having.
  • Colorectal cancer screenings. Both men and women are encouraged to get regular colon cancer screenings leaving site icon between the ages of 45 and 75. Specific timing depends on your age, health and family history.

Staying safe during COVID-19 isn’t just about keeping your distance and washing your hands. It includes taking care of your health, even if what that looks like is a little different this year.

What Preventive Care Do You and Your Family Need?

Our wellness guidelines outline the preventive vaccines, health screenings and other wellness steps you should take to stay healthy.

You can also access the latest guidelines any time by logging in to Blue Access for MembersSM (BAMSM). Click the My Health tab and scroll down to Wellness Guidelines.

Sources: Women’s Health Checkup, leaving site icon Medline Plus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2020; Parent Plus: Importance of routine pediatrician visits, leaving site icon American Academy of Pediatrics, 2015; Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests, leaving site icon Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017