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Add your annual exam and health screenings to your to-do list to make sure they get done. If you still need some of them before the end of the year, schedule a visit with your doctor now. Available appointments fill up as the end of the year approaches.
An annual checkup includes a complete physical exam. It’s also time to talk with your doctor about your health history and any changes in health you’re noticing. You can ask about what screenings are right for you. You can also work with your doctor to set specific health goals.
These visits may include:
Health screenings help prevent illness and catch problems early when they’re easier to treat.
Depending on your age and health history, some screenings you may need include:
There may be additional screenings or tests that you need. Talk to your doctor about what health screenings you need and when you need them.
Kids of all ages need an annual wellness exam just like adults do. It is sometimes called a well-child visit. Regular exams help the doctor track your child’s growth and development. They can also catch problems early.
During a well-child visit, your child’s doctor may check:
Older kids need checkups, too. Some diseases and conditions first show up after puberty. Scoliosis, diabetes, obesity and depression are just some of the health issues teens can have. So be sure they get their health screenings, too.
Having an annual exam and recommended screenings are important steps toward better health at any age. If you haven’t had all of the screenings you need yet this year, schedule them today.
We offer Wellness Guidelines each year that include specific recommendations for preventive care, immunizations and screenings for adults and children. Check out the Wellness Guidelines to find out what preventive care you and your family need to stay healthy.
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