Guest Column: Five Reasons to Make That Date to Visit a Well – The Vicksburg Post
If you have postponed your consultation for fear of catching or spreading the COVID-19 virus, Dr. Brandon Mizell, Family Physician, wants you to know it’s safe and important to enter.
Precautions for your safety include eliminate the waiting room while waiting in the car, schedule health visits in the morning and sick visits in the afternoon, mask all patients and providers, check the temperature of all visitors to the clinic, control the clinic staff several times during the shift, requesting only patient entry and enhanced cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
“It’s important that people put their health first and feel comfortable and safe when they need to see a provider,” Dr. Mizell said. “We know it’s been a tough year and we want to help patients stay on track with their health. An ongoing relationship with a provider you know and trust can help you develop a plan to achieve your long-term health goals.
Here are five reasons to make an appointment now for your next wellness visit or check-up.
- Check your general health. The clinic has a record of your health metrics over time, including cholesterol, blood sugar, weight, and others. If certain numbers are trending in the wrong direction, your doctor can help you develop a plan to get you back on track by making changes to your lifestyle, diet, or medical treatment.
- Manage chronic diseases. Ongoing medical issues, whether diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or others, require regular monitoring by a provider to prevent them from progressing to life-threatening levels. Regular checkups can help you avoid a medical crisis.
- Identify problems early with routine screenings. The practice keeps records of your screening exams to help you remember when it’s time for your colonoscopy, mammogram, bone density test, prostate exam and other screenings. Identifying many diseases early can give you the most treatment options and best outcomes.
- Stay up to date on vaccinations for your protection. While you hear a lot of news about the COVID-19 vaccine, there are a number of other vaccines to prevent illness as your immune system weakens over time. Flu shots every year. Vaccinations against tetanus every ten years. Shingles and pneumonia vaccines and more. Practice will remind you when it’s time to get vaccinated.
- Keep prescriptions up to date. Bring a complete list of your medications, including over-the-counter medications, so your doctor has a complete idea of what you’re taking. A yearly review can identify possible side effects or medication conflicts.
Of course, the best reason of all is peace of mind about your health.
If you need help finding a primary care provider, visit MyMeritDoctor.com or call 1-855-MSMERIT to find one and schedule an appointment.