When COVID-19 began, news and information was changing so quickly, it was hard to know what to do. Many people stayed home to help keep others safe. And in the months that followed, everyone changed their habits (at least a little bit) to adjust to the new COVID-19 reality.

Now, with COVID-19 vaccines widely available, there’s renewed hope that things might start finally getting back to normal.

That means if you put off your health care during the pandemic, now’s the perfect time to get caught up – whether you need that annual physical, an eye exam, help managing a chronic condition or anything else.

We’ll always guide you to the best care option for your needs – including video visits. And if you come in to see us at a clinic or hospital, we have rigorous safety and cleaning protocols in place to help keep you healthy.

Skipping appointments is risky and can lead to complications. If you have any health or well-being needs, don’t delay your care any longer – we’re ready to see you.

Important health care you should stay on top of

Let’s take a look at some common examples of health care you should make sure you’re current with – especially if you delayed an appointment or two during the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Routine preventive care, like physicals, eye exams, shots and dental cleanings

It may seem like a minor thing, but sticking with your preventive care – including annual physicals, eye exams, routine shots and dental cleanings – is one of the most important parts of your health care.

When you see your doctor, optometrist and dentist regularly, they can help make sure you’re feeling your best. They can also help identify potential problems when they’re easier to treat, before they become more serious.

That means checking in regularly is always a great idea. Plus, if you have insurance, preventive care, annual eye exams and dental cleanings are often covered at no charge.

Managing chronic conditions

Chronic conditions, like heart disease or diabetes, need regular checkups and lab visits with your care team to monitor your progress and make sure your treatment is working.

If you have a condition that makes you immunocompromised – or you’re concerned about going into a clinic – you can still see your care team through video visits or phone visits. In-person appointments are always an option, too.

In any case, it’s critical that care for your chronic condition isn’t postponed too long. Regular check-ins with your care team help make sure you’re getting effective treatment that’s right for you – if you’re past due, make an appointment soon.

Childhood immunizations

Vaccination schedules are designed with kids’ young immune systems in mind, helping protect against preventable diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, polio and more. Key immunizations are given from infancy to 2 years, 4-5 years, 11-12 years and at 16 years. That’s why it’s so important to stay on schedule with vaccinations – even during COVID-19.

If you have a child who's due for any immunizations, call your clinic today or make an appointment online. If you’re not sure what immunizations your child should receive, your doctor can help you find out.

Help with pain management

A past or present illness, injury or condition – like migraines, fibromyalgia, nerve pain or arthritis – might have prompted you and your doctor to work together on a pain management plan. This can make daily living and favorite hobbies easier.

But if your pain interrupts your day or your routines, you don’t have to (and you shouldn’t) go it alone. Our care teams and pain specialists are here to care for you and help you find relief through video visits, in-person appointments and more.

Been struggling with pain? Make an appointment today to get started on a new or updated treatment plan.

Colonoscopies or mammograms

Colonoscopies and mammograms are examples of screenings that can detect several medical conditions, some of them serious.

If you’re overdue for a colonoscopy or mammogram, it’s easy to make an appointment online at a time or location that works for you. Don’t delay these important tests that can help you stay on top of your health when it matters most.

Not sure if you need a colonoscopy or mammogram? Your doctor can help you find out.

What if I’m not sure whether I should get care?

Wondering about whether or not you should seek medical care is common. It can be hard to tell the difference between something that might get better on its own and something that needs an expert’s input.

When you’re not sure what to do, make an appointment with your primary care doctor to get personalized advice.

You can also call our 24/7 CareLine℠ at 800-551-0859 (HealthPartners) or 612-339-3663 (Park Nicollet). Answered by registered nurses, the CareLine can answer questions about symptoms and help you decide what kind of care you need.

Looking after your health is always a great idea

It’s vital for you and your family to look after both your mental and physical health. When you need help, we’re here for you.

Even though the long months of the COVID-19 pandemic have changed a lot, it’s important not to continue delaying any care you’ve put off. Our experts are taking many steps to keep you safe so you can get personalized, appropriate treatment. Now more than ever, getting caught up on your health care is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

From video visits to phone visits and in-person care, you have options. Together, we’ll help take care of your health and well-being no matter what comes up.