Newborns and infants should continue with their scheduled vaccinations. Dr. Devalapalli encourages parents not to delay these visits. On-time vaccinations protect against health complications and prevent the spread of life-threatening illnesses.
Specific vaccinations for adults, such as shingles, may be delayed for patients without underlying conditions. But patients who live in nursing homes or assisted living facilities – where the risk of spread is higher – should prioritize this type of vaccination.
Follow-up for chronic conditions and other routine visits
Routine medical care includes regular checkups, health screenings and physicals. Some routine appointments can be done by phone or video. Call your doctor to see if a telehealth visit would work for you.
Preventive care and services
“Preventive care” refers to tests that prevent and screen for disease. Mammograms, pap tests, and colorectal cancer screenings are examples of preventive care.
When deciding whether to delay these appointments, consider your health history. For example, a woman’s decision to go for a screening may depend on her age, the results of previous mammograms, and her family’s history of breast cancer.
No matter what, Dr. Devalapalli recommends that that individuals talk to their doctor before delaying preventive screenings.
Acute, or diagnostic, care refers to care that you receive to address symptoms or worrisome changes in your health. For example, if someone is experiencing stomach pain or chest pain, the type of care he or she receives will be considered “acute.”
This type of care is a high priority for everyone. At times, acute care uses some of the same tests and screenings as listed above under “preventive care” (colonoscopies, mammograms, etc.). For example, if a woman feels a lump in her breast, the mammogram would fall under acute care (rather than a routine or screening mammogram).