Fall Health Checklist

Six steps to take before winter

Note to self: Health is wealth. It’s time to get back to our routines and prepare for a healthier, happier winter. You’re busy getting set for fall, so our fall health checklist will help you get on track.

1. Plan your flu shots

“The best way to reduce your risks of getting the flu and prevent passing it on to loved ones and others, is to get your annual flu shot.”

– Dr. Nathaniel Bouganim

Flu shot appointments are available through the Avvy app beginning on Monday, October 17, but you can book your appointment now. 

Remember, book early to keep your family or team healthy and resilient through the winter. With the Avvy app, you can book for yourself, an older relative or for the whole family.

Stay tuned for reminders via the Avvy newsletter and on our social channels! 

2. Update your immunizations

Fall is also a good time to ensure that you and your family are up to date on other important vaccines and boosters. 

For example, online school over the last few years meant that many Grade 7 students missed the vaccinations typically administered through school programs.

Give yourself peace of mind. Download Avvy to pre-arrange your immunizations.

We offer at-home immunization services for influenza, measles, chicken pox, and more.

3. Check the expiration dates on all your meds 

Take some time to go through your medicine cabinet and do an inventory of all your medications. 

Consider removing anything that has a smell or appears discoloured. Check the expiry date of all ointments, creams, and vitamins. 

Be cautious of how you throw out medications as they can be harmful to the environment or they could end up in the wrong hands. Bring unused and expired prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications to your local pharmacist for proper disposal.

4. Select an activity that will keep you active in the fall and winter months  

An activity that keeps you social and active is essential to your wellness routine. 

Looking for easy ways to reduce stress? Join a team with the local sports and social club in your community. Choose from Basketball, Ball Hockey, Volleyball and Soccer. Pro tip – You’re more likely to receive early bird pricing the sooner you join.

5. Schedule your yearly physical with your doctor

Life is busier than ever, and it’s easy to get behind on your regular check-ups. Fall is a great time to book a yearly physical with your doctor or local family health team.

Don’t have a family doctor? Contact a walk in clinic in your area or look into telehealth options 

6. Stock up on common medications and treatments

Make sure you’ve got extra of that cough syrup you grab in a pinch or that lotion for dry skin that you love. Ongoing global supply chain issues may mean delays or backorders for health staples you rely upon. 

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