Summer is a great time to focus on your family’s health

It won’t be long before your calendar is filled with haircut appointments and shopping for school supplies. Why not take control of your family’s health now before the busy school year begins? Make an appointment for a well-care visit with your provider this summer and get the preventive care, recommended screenings, and immunizations you and your family need to stay healthy and strong.

Preventive care is one of the most important things you can do for your family and yourself

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children 3 to 21 have physical exams every year. Children’s bodies grow and change quickly; preventive visits ensure your child is achieving developmental milestones and is up to date on immunizations.
  • The earlier you take your children in, the better. Treating your child’s annual exam as a back-to-school visit will not only give you peace of mind as summer ends, but it will give you an opportunity to address any concerns you have before the school year begins. Routine screenings are vital for adults as well. There are many preventive care services that can help keep you healthy, such as cholesterol screenings, blood pressure checks, and mammograms. Check to see what’s recommended for your age. Not all tests and checkups are necessary every year, but you should always make sure you’re up to date.
  • Don’t get behind on vaccinations. Vaccines can help you avoid preventable illnesses and protect people who are more vulnerable, like older adults and infants. Fall is the time to ensure your family is protected against influenza.

Understanding the cost of your visit

Well-care visits, immunizations, and screenings help you to prevent or to catch health problems early before they become more serious. These services are an important part of staying healthy and are generally included in your plan at no additional cost. If your visit includes diagnosis or treatment for a specific health concern they may be subject to copay, coinsurance, and deductibles. Based on your plan benefits you may receive a bill for these non-preventive care services. Some examples of non-preventive care services include some lab tests, X-rays and other imaging, treatments, and procedures.

If you have children heading back to school this fall, here are a few tips for a smooth transition

  • If your children have allergies or need to take medication at school, make sure the school staff is aware. They may need you to fill out some forms for their records.
  • Ease your children back into a sleep schedule before school starts. Starting a week or so before school begins, have them go to bed and get up a little earlier each day. That way, the first day of school won’t be such a shock.
  • Help minimize back-to-school stress by allowing plenty of time in the morning to get dressed and eat a healthy breakfast without rushing. Little ones especially will need extra time to get ready.

Returning to school in the fall doesn’t have to be stressful. Schedule your preventive care appointments now, during the summer months, and make it a smooth transition.

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