No longer kids, but not quite adults. Teenagers…
Immunizations, school physicals, STD testing, and well-teen visits.
Chickenpox, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, measles, mumps, polio, pneumococcal, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B. To name a few.
We offer the full range of vaccines recommended by the CDC for teens. We can get your teenager on track with the immunization schedule and make sure you are notified whenever they are due for another.
School and Sports Physicals
As your teen grows, they will need different types of physical examinations for different reasons. The start of a new school year is also a good time to schedule an annual physical to assess growth and development.
A school physical includes the following:
- Vision screening
- Hearing screening
- Allergy assessment
- Height and weight check
- Posture assessment
- Ear, nose and throat check
- Scalp and skin check
Above and beyond this, if your teen is going to participate in sports at his or her school, they may also need a sports physical that may include:
- Blood pressure and heart rate
- Strength assessment
- Flexibility, coordination, reflexes assessment
Testing for sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HPV are recommended each year in sexually active patients. Further, pregnant teenage girls should specifically be tested for syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B as soon as possible.
Tests are typically conducted by obtaining one or more of the following: blood sample, urine sample, swab of the inside of the mouth, swab from the genitals, or a swab of any discharge or sores.
The well-teen visit will cover a complete history of your child’s health that may include information about birth history, prior screenings, diet, sleep, dental care, medical history, and family history. A complete head-to-toe examination may be performed to check for any abnormalities. And on top of that, your teen will be able to discuss topics such as nutrition, safety, exercise, sexuality, and tobacco, alcohol, and drugs with our doctors.