Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, immunizations are an even more crucial tool in protecting your health now and in the future.
First, it’s important to understand what vaccines are and how they work. Vaccines help your immune system prevent serious infections and disease. They’re made from very small amounts of weak or dead germs, so they won’t make you sick. Vaccines are safe, effective and an essential part of good healthcare.
Vaccines are especially important for children, older adults and those with compromised immune systems. These groups are more vulnerable without immunizations – and that’s a concern not just for them, but for public health at large. Delaying vaccinations can lead to outbreaks of diseases such as measles and pertussis. New York State health officials have reported that children’s vaccinations dropped by half in March and April (not including New York City) compared to those months in 2019. So, it’s important to contact your doctor to learn about what vaccinations are required and when to get them – not just for you, but for your entire family.
We’re getting near flu season – and the pandemic means getting a flu shot is even more crucial this year. Young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions, and people age 65 and older are at an increased risk for flu complications, which can be extremely severe.
When you seek care, you can be confident that Garnet Health continues to proactively take several steps to keep you safe from coronavirus during visits to offices and hospitals. We’re open as always and ready to care for you, whether you’re a new or established patient who needs a test, procedure, doctor’s visit, or urgent or emergency care. Our extensive precautions include:
Urgent Care Curbside Check-In: Patients stay in their car, check in by phone and are called when it’s time to enter.
Screenings: When you enter any Garnet Health location, we take your temperature using no-contact thermometers. We also check outpatients for COVID-19 symptoms, and patients having an invasive procedure are tested.
Social Distancing: Signs manage waiting-room seating and how patients move around our buildings. Plastic shielding is in key areas. We stagger appointments to minimize patient traffic.
Aggressive cleaning and disinfecting: Our constant vigilance includes using specialized ultraviolet lights that sanitize patient rooms.
Telehealth appointments: Talk to your Garnet Health Doctors provider from home, or anywhere, via phone or live video. This means you don’t have to leave your home – and that you can receive attentive care from anywhere. Most insurance plans cover Telehealth.
Maintaining health is important for everyone. Get your immunizations. Don’t delay healthcare if you have symptoms or concerns. Keep up with scheduled appointments. Call Garnet Health Doctors at 333-7575 to make a Telehealth or in-person appointment. We have eight locations conveniently close to home, and these include Urgent Care centers in Monticello and Middletown. Learn more at garnethealth.org/doctors.
Dr. Khaliq is Board-certified in Family Medicine and fluent in Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi. She received her medical degree at Fatima Jinnah Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan. She completed her Residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.