Teenagers, like younger children, greatly benefit from regular check-ups and vaccinations, and these appointments are recommended annually for patients between ages 12-21. These visits allow providers to assess their overall well-being, address risky behaviors, and detect conditions which could affect the teens’ future development.
As these young patients navigate the ups and downs of adolescence, many feel like they are the only ones facing academic pressure, family conflict, curiosity about drugs or alcohol, emerging sexuality and identity, or difficulty with friend groups or partners. Teens have many questions about what is “normal” as it relates to a wide variety of topics and we know that they often turn to you, as their provider, for help during this period of profound change. Health care providers understand that habits and choices made during adolescence have a significant long-term impact on both physical and emotional well-being.
The adolescent well-visit can be a fascinating and rewarding visit for both the provider and the patient. It is a crucial time to offer a trusting adult relationship to a teen who is facing important life choices, and we appreciate the work you do to prioritize this unique population.
For some useful strategies for increasing well-child visits for adolescents, visit the School Based Health Alliance and scroll to the Frequently Asked Questions section.
Improving vaccination rates
Adolescents are not as likely to receive recommended vaccinations as younger children. The CDC outlines systems and strategies for improving vaccination rates and recommends the following vaccines for adolescents:
- HPV vaccine
- Meningitis B
- Meningitis ACWY
For more information, refer to the CDC Immunization Schedule.
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