The Importance of Preventive Care

There are many people who assume that they should only go to the doctor if they're sick or having a problem. After all, they feel just fine; why waste time scheduling an appointment, waiting to be seen, and going through an appointment just to be told that everything is all right? Preventive care, however, is an important part of maintaining your overall health and wellness--whether you're planning regular preventative care for your children or for yourself.

One of the first steps in preventive care is ensuring that you and your children are properly vaccinated. Vaccinations aren't fun (after all, no one likes to get shots), but they are the first line of defense against a number of preventable illnesses. In addition to supplying a direct line of immunity to you and your loved ones, vaccines create a herd immunity to protect those who, for whatever reason, can't be vaccinated. Keeping to a vaccine schedule is particularly important for young children, who need to be protected from illnesses that have almost been obliterated in contemporary American society.

Vaccines, however, aren't the only preventive care measures that you should be taking. You should receive annual screenings to check your height and weight, your vision, and your dental needs. As you age, you'll also need to be screened for a number of treatable illnesses, including heart disease and some forms of cancer. While you may be sure that you aren't experiencing problems, there are many diseases that don't present recognizable symptoms until they've already done a great deal of damage to your body. Catching them early is critical to developing a treatment plan that will help you make a full recovery.

Sure, it's a chunk of time out of your day. It's an inconvenience, and some exams can be uncomfortable--but preventive care will help keep you healthy. Ready to set up an appointment? Sign Up today to see how we can send you personalizerd preventive care alerts personalized to your health situation.

The Importance of Preventive Care

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