• The Importance of Health Screenings

    by Kairos
    on Dec 12th, 2018

Annual, regular health screenings and preventative care can help find problems before they start. What better way to take care of yourself than to beware of possibilities for health problems and then prevent them? By searching out the right health services, screenings, and treatments, you are taking steps that help your chances of living a longer, healthier life. Your age, family and health history, lifestyle choices (i.e. what you eat, how active you are, whether you smoke), and other important factors impact what and how often you need healthcare. One of the best prevention methods is immunizations.

Immunizations (also called vaccines) are an important part of preventive services for children, teens, and adults. They are safe and effective, and they save lives. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) strongly recommends that patients receive all necessary vaccinations in their primary care physician’s office. These can protect against diseases such as measles, chicken pox, and the human papillomavirus (HPV). Vaccinations that you may need as a teenager or young adult include the flu vaccine, the HPV vaccine, and the Tdap vaccine. The flu vaccine is given every year at the beginning of cold and flu season to protect you from getting the flu. The HPV vaccine is given when children are 11-12 years old, but older teens and young adults can still get the vaccine. It helps prevent the spread of the HPV virus, which causes genital warts and several types of cancer. The Tdap vaccine prevents tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (a whooping cough). Preteens and teens should get one shot when they are 11 or 12 years old, but older teens and young adults can get the shot, as well.

Confidential care is another thing that is very important to us in all times of our lives. The AAFP believes that adolescents and young adults should have access to confidential healthcare. It is important for your health and well-being. You should be offered the opportunity to see your doctor alone, without a parent or guardian in the room. You should be able to do this whether you are seeing the doctor for an examination or for counseling. You need to have confidential one-on-one discussions about making healthy decisions.

Things to consider and additional questions to ask your doctor can include questions such as the following:

Your physical health is important. Get regular exercise, eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep, and maintain a healthy weight. Take care of your teeth, wear sunscreen, and don’t smoke or use tobacco.

Your mental and emotional health is also important. Learn how to manage stress, and develop a good balance between school, work, and social life. Pay attention to your moods and feelings, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Help is out there! Mental help was once a fairly taboo topic. But now, it is finally getting the attention it needs, especially after so many deaths from things like suicide and numerous unknown and untreated illness. Preventative care and wellness visits could have probably prevented many of these cases if they had only occurred and been on the radar.

Your behavioral health is important as well. Choose to stay safe by getting regular checkups, avoiding substance use or abuse, driving safely, avoiding violence, and practicing abstinence or safe sex. The habits you have now do make a difference when you’re older. Taking care of yourself can become one of the best habits you’ll ever have! The benefits can be great, including not only to maintaining good health but also to lowering health care costs and increasing employer involvement and help with expenses.

Others can be solidly encouraged or discouraged by your actions. Vaccines and preventative care are always important when it comes to our healthcare, especially before there are any major problems or concerns. You may want to start a campaign in your area or with your friends/coworkers. To encourage others to make an appointment for a check-up or health screening on their work anniversary, their birthday, or any day of the year!

If you have questions, please give us a call at 469-437-4873 or schedule your appointment using our online scheduler.

 

Author Kairos

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