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Well Child Visit 9-13 Years Old

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Preteens and teens should see their provider once per year. A yearly exam helps keep your teen healthy. It is different from seeing your provider when they are sick. This exam is for vaccinations and to check for early signs of disease. Use this annual visit to ask any questions you have about your teen’s ongoing health. Remember to also make sure your teen visits the dentist twice per year.


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Exam Schedule

  • 9 Years Old
  • 10 Years Old
  • 11 Years Old
  • 12 Years Old
  • 13 Years Old

Each exam should consist of:

  • Full Physical Exam (length, height, weight, blood pressure and BMI %)
  • Health History (initial and interval)
  • Recommended Screens (catch up on missed or late recommended screens)
  • Immunization/shots (catch up on missed of late immunizations/shots)
  • Referrals as needed

Recommended Screenings

Each visit should include the following recommended screenings: For a detailed list of recommended screenings navigate to the Periodicity Table (PDF).

Recommended ScreeningsRecommended Age(s) of Child

Dental Screening

To be performed at age 11, 12, and 13 with Fluoride supplement if needed. Dental visit twice per year.

Hearing

Performed annually at age 10 and one visit between the ages of 11 years and 14 years.

Vision

Performed during every periodic screening assessment at age 10 years and 12 years.

Tobacco, Alcohol, or Drug Use and Depression Risk Assessment

For members 11 through 20 years of age a tobacco, alcohol, or drug use risk assessment is to be performed on each of these visits.

Behavioral Health

Behavioral Assessment to be performed at ages 9 and 10 years.

 *For more information speak with your provider.

Immunizations / Shots

As children move into preteen and teen years it is important to stay up to date with immunizations (shots) as they are exposed to certain diseases. Immunizations (shots) help to protect the health of children.

 
VaccineRecommended Age(s) of Child
Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellulat Pertussis (TDAP)
  • 10-12 Years

Meningococcal

  • 11-12 Years
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) [1st & 2nd dose]
  • 11-12 Years
Influenza (Flu)
  • 9-13 Years

Footnotes

HPV*

Ages 11 through 12 years old should get a 2-shot series separated by 6 to 12 months. The series can begin at 9 years old. A 3-shot series is recommended for those with weakened immune systems and those who start the series after their 15th birthday.

Health Education and Preventative Counseling

Preteens need proper health education and preventative counseling for growth and development into the teenage years.  Encouraging healthy behaviors that will ensure a smooth transition.  This includes:

  • Eating-Should have 3 meals with 1-2 healthy snacks a day
  • Sleeping- Recommended 9-12 hours of sleep
  • Physical Activity- Kids should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day and with limits set on screen time