2019 may be the perfect year to get your medical appointments back on track!

Last year, you may have experienced some complications, scheduling conflicts, or similar issues when trying to confirm your medical appointments. It can be very difficult to go to the doctor or another medical provider as needed without a set plan.

At AFC Lyndhurst, we have you covered with a handy guide to help you plan for key medical appointments throughout 2019. We’ll cover the basics of when, how, and why you’ll need to plan for specific medical services.

With some planning and a little insight, you can make 2019 your healthiest year yet!

Get your flu shot ASAP

The first appointment of the calendar year should be your flu shot if you haven’t received one already.

Most medical professionals advise getting a flu shot as early as possible. This may be as early as the start of fall. By the middle of winter, most individuals that haven’t already received a flu shot are far behind their recommended vaccination date.

The flu shot is the most effective measure to prevent the flu. The vaccination uses a weaker strain of the current influenza virus to boost your immune system. Flu shots allow your antibodies to naturally fight off the flu throughout the year.

Thankfully, most urgent care centers and walk-in clinics offer flu shots to walk-in patients without the need for an appointment. Individuals won’t really need to schedule for a flu shot and should be able to do it in minutes right after work.

Preventive screenings

Preventive care screenings may be the most important medical appointments you and your family members will need during the year.

A preventive screening allows a physician, or local healthcare professional, to identify any emerging or continuing healthcare issues you have. During the screening, your provider may also recommend any other services to help improve your overall health. The screening may evaluate your likelihood of developing chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and cancer.

To plan for any screenings, make sure to schedule it out a year from a previous screening at the minimum. If you’re not sure when your last screening was, then contact your current/previous medical provider to find out.

Also let your workplace, family, and friends know ahead of time when your next screening is to plan accordingly.

Sudden injury treatment

Injuries happen suddenly so it may seem like there is no way to really plan for injury treatment. However, there a few ways to plan for the event of a sudden injury as well as follow-up care.

When an injury happens, evaluate the severity of the injured area and go to an urgent care center for minor injury treatment. Critical pain, wounds, and medical emergencies will require the use of an ER.

After treatment, schedule a follow-up appointment with your medical professional to plan out the next steps for your injury. These may include specialty services such as physical therapy depending on how, and where, the injury affected your body. And again, make sure to give work a heads up to ensure your treatment is uninterrupted.

Use these scheduling tips to keep your medical appointments on track for the new year!