When we get sick in the winter, as much as we don’t like it, it’s the season that we expect to get sick. With the cold weather and more dreary environment, a scratchy throat or runny nose seems to come with the territory. But when Summer hits, that is not the time to get sick! Is there anything worse that feeling unwell on your summer vacation? Or is it going to be a beach with a stuffed up nose? One of the things that your healthcare provides for you is preventative care.
There is no charge involved, and it does exactly what it says it does. It keeps you from getting sick. And while Summer doesn’t always make us think about going to the doctor, it is a great time to make sure that you are healthy. But what exactly is involved? Preventative care includes the following
Immunizations and vaccines
If you read our last blog on the measles, you probably have a good idea of how effective vaccines can be for your health. Many standard immunizations such as the TdAp (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) or the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) are all standard immunizations. Your doctor can help you know if you should need them at all or if it is time for a booster.
Essentially, these check-ups are to make sure that you are healthy. Sometimes they are also called a yearly physical. It can help your doctor know how to better care for you when you are sick. They can measure your weight, height, blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol so that when you come back the following year, they can see if you’ve had any significant changes and can address them better.
Screenings for cholesterol, cancer, diabetes, depression, and obesity
Health professionals realize that these issues are some of the most likely to affect our society. So to ensure that a person does not neglect to get the help that they need, these screening are part of their preventative care.
Preventative care can help you in the long run because tests, screenings, and immunizations like these can catch life-altering health issues early while they are most receptive to care. Call your doctor today to make an appointment with them to receive this preventative care that comes with your health insurance.