When we face a big job, as a family, community or business, we all know the best way to do it well is to get out in front of it, break it down into manageable pieces and work on through until we’re finished.
This fall, we’ll all face a big job: staying healthy in the face of not just the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but also annual threats like the flu. The best way is to act now.
Hegg Medical Clinic will be adding Flu Shot Clinics every Wednesday beginning September 16 through October 28, giving individuals another opportunity to receive their flu shot. The clinics will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Registration will be at the main entrance front desk. We ask that you bring your insurance card with you and wear short sleeves. No appointment is necessary during Flu Shot Clinics.
Some health officials fear we might face a “twindemic” this autumn, with two respiratory viruses in our communities, schools and shops. While we do not have a schedule on a COVID-19 vaccine, we do know millions of doses of the flu vaccine will be in providers’ offices this fall.
When we all get the shot, we reduce the likelihood of flu spreading throughout the community. Here at Hegg Medical Clinic, we need your help, too. The more people who get the flu shot and avoid getting the flu – or a severe case of it – the less impact there will be on our hospital and clinic and the professionals who provide care.
Equally important to receiving your flu shot, talk to your provider about other vaccinations you or your family members might need in the next few months. That conversation might cover other topics on staying healthy – so ask your questions and get those answers. We all should continue doing the basics – wearing masks in public or when we can’t stay socially distant and washing our hands regularly and thoroughly. But each one of us may have a few things our providers can recommend to help maximize our health. It might be some lifestyle changes, some suggestions in our habits, diet or activity level or something else.
It’s best to have a candid conversation with your doctor.
When we get out in front of a challenge and put some time and energy toward a solution – as individuals and as groups, large and small – we gain confidence by taking action, and we’ll get peace of mind knowing we’re addressing something on the horizon.
So now’s the time to head off this coming season of colds and flu. Get the shot, encourage others to do the same and keep a focus on how you and your family can be your healthiest. We’re no strangers to big jobs – and this one maybe among the biggest and most important we’ll face.