Fall and winter can mean traveling and gathering indoors with friends and family. These guidelines can help us keep each other safe from COVID-19.

Health care

Health care by phone/video

Telehealth, sometimes called telemedicine, is a way to talk to your doctor or counselor over video, phone, text, or email.

Doctors and behavioral health providers can use interpreter services so you can access telehealth in the language you speak. All doctors who take the Oregon Health Plan must provide a free interpreter. Most doctors also provide a free American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter.

Call or email your doctor to find out what kind of services are available through telehealth and if you’ll need any special technology to use it.

Going to the doctor

COVID-19 has changed the way we get health care. If you still feel more comfortable seeing your doctor virtually or over the phone, that is still an option in most places. Dental check-ups and well-child visits are available in person again so you can get the services you need. Here are some tips if you're thinking about scheduling care:

  • Call first to see what services are available.
  • To keep everyone healthy, you might be asked to wait in your car or wear a mask.
  • Consider talking on the phone or video chat instead of going to the office — this kind of visit is called telehealth and is covered by OHP and many health insurance plans.

Flu shot

Don’t wait to get your flu shot

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot — especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The flu shot is really important for people with health conditions, older adults, pregnant people, healthcare workers and children. The flu shot may take up to two weeks to be effective, so getting it earlier in the season will help you stay healthy.

Find out where to get a flu shot

You can find a flu shot near you using the VaccineFinder.

Learn more about the flu shot from the Oregon Health Authority or call 211.