Health care Guide

Preventive Healthcare Guidelines:

How often should you go to the doctor? What procedures should you be sure to have? 

Read the following guidelines to find out:

Note: It is ultimately up to the individual physician to decide what test or procedure is needed for each age group
 Infancy - Age 1Ages 1-10Ages 11-20
Tot-to-Teen Health Check(complete examination that includes vision, hearing, development, and behavioural health screening)   Visit your PCP (Primacy Care Provider) for this complete exam when your child is 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, and 12 months of age.  Visit your PCP (Primacy Care Provider) for this complete exam when your child is 15, 18, and 24 months, and 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 years of age. Visit your PCP (Primacy Care Provider) for this complete exam when your child is 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 years of age.
Blood lead testing At 12 months At 24 months  
Laboratory tests Ask your PCP (Primacy Care Provider) if your child need laboratory tests.
Immunization Ask your PCP (Primacy Care Provider) or nurse at EVERY OFFICE VISIT if your child needs immunizations. 
Testing for rubella     Once for all females of childbearing age by history of vaccination or blood test.
Health Education and Counseling Members from infancy to age 20 should get age-appropriate health education and counseling at every visit on topics such as:
  • Regular physical activity
  • Healthy diet
  • Breastfeeding
  • Iron-enriched formula (less than age 1)
  • Limit fat and cholesterol, maintain caloric balance, emphasize grains, fruits, vegetables (2 years and older)
  • Adequate calcium intake
  • Multivitamin with folic acid (females planning/capable of pregnancy)

Prevention of injuries (motor vehicle, household and recreational)

  • Child safety car seats (less than 5 years)
  • Lap/shoulder belts (5 years and older)
  • Airbag safety
  • Smoke detectors
  • Flame retardant sleepwear (less than 11 years)
  • Hot water temperature less than 120-130 degrees F
  • Window/stair guards, pool fence
  • Bicycle/motorcycle/All terrain vehicle helmets
  • Safe storage/removal of drugs, toxic substances, firearms, and matches
  • Poison control phone number
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training for parents/caretakers
  • Dental care/baby bottle tooth decay
  • Sleep positioning for infants
  • Not using/quitting tobacco/second-hand smoke
  • Prevention of illegal drug use and underage drinking
  • Prevention of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and other sexually transmitted diseases
  • Prevention of unintended/mistimed pregnancies
Adults
Blood pressure check At least every 2 years
Lipid / Cholesterol testing

At least every 5 years for men ages 35 and older.

At least every 5 years for women 45 and older.

Testing for osteoporosis (bone thinning)