Preventive care - like yearly doctor visits, flu shots and some lab tests - is important to staying healthy. It can help you avoid potential health problems or find them early when they are most treatable, before you feel sick or have symptoms.
Preventive care is included as a benefit, which means we pay the cost in full. Get a complete list of preventive care services in the Preventive Health Care Guidelines.
Preventive care includes:
- Routine physical exams
- Flu shots
- Cholesterol and diabetes screening labs
- Help quitting tobacco
- Pap and HPV tests
- Maternity care for pregnant women
- Well-child visits
- Vaccines (shots or immunizations) for chicken pox, the flu and more
- Lead screening
- Developmental screening
Preventive care for children
From birth to age 18, your children should receive regular well-child checkups to make sure they're healthy and thriving. These well-child visits are included in your plan to help prevent and address any health issues. It's recommended that children have six doctor visits within the first 15 months of life. Kids also need a checkup once a year from ages 3 through 6, at least once every two years from ages 7 through 10 and one visit each year from ages 11 through 18.
At well-child visits, your doctor can:
- Give a lead poisoning test
- Give vaccines
- Measure your child’s height, weight and body mass index (BMI)
- Identify any potential learning and development problems
Your plan includes lead screenings for children. Kids with lead poisoning may not look or act sick, which is why it's important to take advantage of this test. Plus, you can get a $10 prepaid Visa® card just for having a free lead poisoning test. Call your child's doctor or contact your local Health Department to schedule a screening.
Vaccinations (shots or immunizations)
Your plan includes coverage for important immunizations, including:
- Influenza: helps protect against the flu.
- Hepatitis B: protects against a liver disease that could be deadly.
- Human papillomavirus (HPV): protects against HPV, a very common virus spread through sexual contact. Some types of HPV can cause cervical cancer.
- Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR): protects against measles, mumps and rubella.
- Pneumococcal: protects against pneumococcal pneumonia, a lung infection that can be deadly.
- Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis: booster protects against diphtheria, a bacterial infection that can be deadly; lockjaw, a jaw disorder; and whooping cough.
- Varicella: protects against chickenpox, which can be deadly in adults.
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