Focus on your health during COVID-19

You need more than the vaccine

September 30, 2021  

You wore a mask. You washed your hands. You looked for signs of COVID-19. But if you’re like many people, you also put off seeing your primary care provider (PCP).

If that sounds like you, it’s time to see your PCP to catch up on any care you missed. Your providers are there to support you. They can help you and your family stay healthy. Here are some tips to help you get back on track:

  • Call your PCP if you missed preventive screenings, like a mammogram, colonoscopy or blood tests. Your plan covers most preventive health services at no cost to you.
  • Make sure you and all your family members get a yearly checkup. Tufts Health RITogether members ages 3 and older can earn rewards when they get yearly checkups.
  • If you have a chronic health condition, like diabetes or heart disease, be sure to keep up with your routine visits. Children and adults who have special health care needs can get support from care managers, who help members manage their symptoms, get the care they need and make healthy lifestyle choices.
  • If your children missed any of their childhood vaccines, call their providers as soon as possible to schedule an appointment for your children to get the shots they missed. Kids who are members of Tufts Health RITogether can earn a $25 supermarket gift card if they get childhood vaccines and screenings by age 2.

It’s also a good idea to make sure that your family gets the flu shot this year. The flu vaccine will not lower your risk of getting COVID-19. But it can reduce your risk of getting the seasonal flu. It may also make it easier for health care workers to care for COVID-19 patients this fall and winter. You can make an appointment with your provider or get a flu shot at your local pharmacy.