PREVENTIVE SERVICES HELP KEEP YOU HEALTHY
Visiting your primary care physician (PCP) once a year for your annual wellness
visit is one of the best things you can do to maintain your overall health.
At your annual wellness visit, you and your PCP will decide what preventive
services you should receive. Preventive services, when received at the right time,
can help you stay healthy by keeping certain illnesses and health conditions from
occurring or by detecting health problems early when they may be easier to treat.
Preventive services include things like vaccines, physical evaluations, screenings,
and health counseling. The services you receive are based on your age, gender,
current health, personal health history including certain risk factors, and whether
or not you are pregnant. You and your doctor will customize the services you
receive to help you stay healthy at every stage of your life.
Going in for your annual wellness visit can help you establish a relationship with
your PCP, making it more likely for you to get an appointment on short notice
if you are sick in the future. Try to
schedule your annual visit for a time
when you are well so that your PCP
can determine your baseline health.
This can help him or her notice
differences and better diagnose
problems when you are sick.
It can be easy to find reasons to delay
your annual wellness visit, but there
is no time like the present to take
better control of your health. Call
your doctor to schedule your annual
wellness visit today, and encourage
your loved ones to do the same.