By Submitted Story on November 3, 2021
A year ago we were wondering if the pandemic would ever let up. For some of us, being confined to our homes affected our mind, body, and spirit. Consequently, many of us may have eaten more, exercised less and skipped important health screenings.
Today we have a vaccine, we’re back at work, and it’s time to focus on our health. The Outer Banks Hospital is making it a little easier with our booklet titled Ride the wave to good health!, which includes the immunizations and health and wellness screenings recommended to maintain your health throughout adulthood. (See box to the right for information about obtaining your copy.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, prevention and early diagnosis of disease are the best defense against things like cancer, diabetes, heart attack and stroke. You can take charge of your health by scheduling important immunizations and annual screenings. COVID-19 protocols are in place, and it’s as safe as ever to partner with us on key wellness efforts.
Staying up to date on recommended vaccines is one of the best ways to maintain our health as we age. In addition to the HPV, flu, tetanus-diphtheria, pneumococcal and shingles vaccines, the list now includes the COVID-19 vaccine. If you haven’t received your COVID-19 vaccine and it is recommended that you get it, visit darenc.com/departments/health-human-services/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine for information on how to do so here in Dare County.
Every day is another opportunity to live healthier and to be the best version of you. That includes calling to schedule your annual wellness visit several months in advance of when you are due. The same goes for annual screenings like mammograms, pap smears, blood pressure checks, vision and hearing tests. Less frequent screenings such as HIV and hepatitis C tests, colon and prostate cancer screenings, and the abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening should be discussed with your provider. These are listed by age, gender and frequency for easy reference in the booklet featured below.
Let good health become a priority in your life. There’s no time like today to get back on that wave, and The Outer Banks Hospital and Medical Group is here to partner with you on the ride.