The Importance of Annual Physicals for Teens



While most people understand the importance of childhood pediatrician appointments and adult exams like well-woman visits, teens can sometimes be forgotten in the middle. Annual physicals are the best way to make sure your teen is developing properly and is not at risk for physical or mental health conditions. Read on to learn why every teen needs an annual physical.

Immunization Updates

Vaccinations are one of the best ways to ensure your child’s overall health, as well as the public health of individuals who will come in contact with your child. Most parents are very aware of the recommended vaccine schedule for infants, but parents may forget that their children will need booster shots over the years. At an annual physical, your child’s doctor will check their vaccine records and make sure your child is up-to-date.

Preparing for Sports

Most schools will require a physical exam before your child joins a sports team. Having your child’s physician perform this physical during their annual exam can save you time when their sports seasons begin. During a sports physical, your child’s doctor will check your child’s vision, strength, flexibility, and overall health.

Preventative Care

An annual physical is one of the best ways to provide preventative care for your child. During this exam, your doctor will check for conditions that affect teens and make diet and lifestyle recommendations to keep your children healthy in the future. To schedule an annual physical for your teen, call the Internal Medicine Diagnostic Center at 281-252-8600.