Preventive Care Tips

It’s important to visit your primary care doctor at least once a year, even if you’re healthy, for a health evaluation and recommended screenings and immunizations. Many health conditions and diseases can be avoided or successfully controlled if caught early.

Talk with your doctor for specific recommendations based on your age, gender, health status, medical history, risk factors, lifestyle, and family history.

Most preventive care services are covered at no charge. Check with your health plan prior to your appointment.

Here are some guidelines for important appointments to schedule with your primary care doctor:

Children

  • Well-baby exam ages 0 – 2 years
    (at 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18 months)
  • Annual well-child exam 2 – 21 years
  • Developmental screening and assessment
  • Dental analysis and referral
  • Vision assessment
  • Recommended vaccinations for flu, diphtheria, mumps, measles, rotavirus, rubella, tetanus, etc.
    (visit cdc.gov/vaccines for a complete schedule)

Adults

  • Annual flu shot
  • Recommended vaccinations for pneumonia, whooping cough, tetanus, measles, shingles, etc.
  • Annual physical examination/medication review
  • Blood pressure and cholesterol checks
  • Diabetes Screening
  • Colon cancer screening (starting at age 50)
  • Prostate cancer screening (for men)
  • Cervical cancer screening (Pap smear for women)
  • Mammogram (for women)
  • Bone density testing (for postmenopausal women over age 65)

Tips for Successful Visits with Your Doctor

Being prepared for your doctor’s visits will result in a more positive experience and help you better understand and manage your health needs.

Here are some tips to help get the most out of your appointments:

  • Plan for your appointments and arrive on time.
  • Write down questions and concerns you have for your doctor and bring to your appointment.
  • Bring all of your medications in their original packaging. This includes prescriptions, over-the-counter (e.g., aspirin, antacids, etc.), vitamins, and dietary or herbal supplements.
  • Explain your symptoms and be honest about your health history.
  • Ask questions before you leave your doctor’s office to be sure you understand your medical conditions and treatment plan.

 

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