Make Preventive Care a Priority

Preventive care is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your health. Talking to your doctor and regularly receiving the preventive care services you need can save you time and money – it might even save your life. Preventive care can help you avoid illnesses, like the seasonal flu. It can also catch serious diseases like cancer in early stages when treatment is easier and more effective. Now is the perfect time to schedule a visit with your primary care provider (PCP) to see if you’re due for any important $0 preventive care services, such as:

Annual Wellness Visits

  • An annual wellness visit includes a focused discussion with your primary care provider (PCP) about your personal health risks and the preventive services you need to feel your best.
  • You can learn more about what this visit entails here.

Bone Density Screenings

  • A bone density screening can identify whether or not you have osteoporosis or weak bones, which increases your risk for fractures.
  • There are no signs or symptoms of osteoporosis. You might not know you have the disease until you break a bone.
  • A bone density screening should be a priority if you’ve recently had a bone fracture. Talk to your PCP about the importance of bone density screenings.
  • You can learn more about the importance of bone density screenings here.

Flu Shots

  • Every flu season is different, and flu can affect people differently. The best way to protect yourself is by getting your annual flu shot.
  • Flu vaccination has been shown to have many benefits, including reducing the risk of flu-related illnesses and hospitalizations.
  • Remember it takes about two weeks after vaccination to provide protection against the viruses that are used to make the vaccine.
  • You can get your flu shot at your next primary care provider visit or at network pharmacies. For added convenience, many in-network pharmacies accept walk-in appointments.

Mammograms

  • When breast cancer is caught and treated early, the five-year survival rate is 99%.
  • The US Preventive Services Taskforce recommends mammograms for women 50 to 74 years old every two years.
  • The American College of Surgeons estimates that 35% of routine cancer screenings were missed because of COVID-19 concerns – make sure you and your loved ones have a plan to receive the breast cancer screenings you need.
  • You can learn more about the importance of receiving mammograms here.