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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.

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