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Well-child visits during adolescence

As adolescents make the transition to adulthood, they go through a remarkable amount of physical, emotional and cognitive growth. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends a well-child visit, every year, for all adolescents up to age 21.

A well-child visit provides an opportunity to review your child's growth since their last appointment; discuss his or her overall health and development; and stay updated on immunizations. These visits are acceptable for:

  • School
  • Sports programs*
  • Camps
  • College entrance

During adolescence, the well visit includes:

  • A physical exam
  • Screening tests, such as blood pressure, hearing and vision
  • Immunizations including Tdap booster and the HPV series to help prevent certain cancers from developing later in life
  • Discussion of age-appropriate concerns, such as: friends and relationships, puberty and sexuality, birth control, substance abuse, mental health, school performance, bullying, diet and exercise
  • *Starting at the 12-year-old well visit, your child will complete a health survey on their own and talk to their provider one-on-one for part of their visit.

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To make the most of your visit, your child should bring:

  • A parent or legal guardian is required to be present for appointments for children under 18. If there are hardships to a guardian accompanying a child, please contact the department you’ll be seen in. 
  • Questions or concerns
  • Current immunization record
  • Insurance information
  • Completed and signed sports physical form (if applicable):

Call to schedule

Please schedule all well-child visits with your child's primary care provider in Pediatrics or Family Medicine. Well-child visits can be scheduled year-round, but summer appointments fill up quickly, so be sure to schedule early if your child needs an exam during the summer months.

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