If there’s anything we learned in 2020, it’s that nothing is more important than your health.
AltaMed is here this holiday season to help give the gift of health to yourself and your family in the following ways:
Even though flu season is already here, you should still get the influenza vaccine if you haven’t already. This year it may be more important than ever since there is no widely available vaccine for COVID-19. Getting vaccinated against the flu is a good way to prevent the pandemic worsening: spikes in flu cases with COVID-19 could swamp hospitals and endanger the health of our communities.
This is the time of year when you can choose new insurance coverage or get coverage if you’re not insured. It’s also your chance to change doctors, dentists, hospitals, or specialists. During open enrollment, you have the opportunity to sign up for Medi-Cal or other options on the Covered California marketplace or Medicare if you’re over 65. If you’re confused about your options, contact us so we can help explain them.
Preventive Exams and Vaccines
The pandemic might have made you hesitant to schedule some of your regular exams like mammograms, cervical exams, and well-woman exams. There is no need to put these off. Every AltaMed location provides protective equipment recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to keep patients and health care workers safe. This includes the ability to provide safe and effective vaccines for your children.
Do not neglect your teeth and gums. The mouth is the portal to your body, and healthy teeth and gums can prevent serious illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. AltaMed has taken extra measures to make sure we are providing you a safe environment to come in for regular dental checkups and procedures.
It’s important to maintain your regimen of care if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Doctors believe people with type 2 diabetes could become severely ill if they contract COVID-19. Less is known about patients with type 1 diabetes, but it is best to be cautious. Maintain at least a 30-day supply of medications, including insulin. Test your blood sugar and track the results. Contact AltaMed if you feel ill or have concerns about your condition.
Try Meatless Mondays
Taking one day out of the week to forego meat can help change habits and lead to a healthier lifestyle. Alternatives to meat have come a long way from soy burgers and “not dogs.” They taste great and are better for you than processed meats. A meatless diet is also better for the planet. It takes 420 gallons of water to produce a quarter pound of beef. Don’t worry, you don’t have to make it a full-time commitment: giving up meat just one day a week can give you major health benefits. Talk with an AltaMed dietician to make sure you are getting the right amount of protein to supplement any plant-based diet.
Times are definitely stressful. But you don’t have to tackle the stress alone. AltaMed has certified behavioral health specialists to help you cope with the anxiety of the holidays, the change in seasons, the pandemic, or anything that may be on your mind. Call (855) 425-1777 for more information. If you are in crisis and having suicidal thoughts, please call the suicide prevention hotline at (800) 273-TALK (8255).
Please don’t take unnecessary chances during the holidays if you’re planning any get-togethers. Holiday traditions are great, but not at the risk of your health. Try to limit the size of your gathering. Also, make sure you and your guests wear masks when gathered, wash hands often, and follow CDC guidelines. Isolate yourself if you feel any symptoms of COVID-19 and call AltaMed if you need to get tested.
We’re Here for You
AltaMed can help you get through the holidays and grow healthy, for years to come with screenings, compassionate care at both office visits and telehealth appointments, and health education. You can get more information and find the links you need here. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.
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