Child and Adolescent Checkups and Immunizations
The Health of your Children
Your child's health includes his or her physical, mental, and social well-being. Most parents are aware of the basics of keeping their children healthy, like providing nutritious foods, making sure they get enough sleep and exercise, and insuring their safety. It's also important for children and adolescents to have regular checkups with their primary doctor. These visits are a great way to check in with your child's growth and development. They are also a great time to prevent or detect any health concerns. Learn about the recommended well child checkups and immunizations for your child and the programs available in the community.
The Importance of Checkups
Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development. Children have more well-child visits with their doctor when they are younger, as development is faster during this time.
Lead poisoning is the number one environmental health threat to children in the United States. About half of the homes built before 1978 have lead-based paint. Paint and lead-contaminated dust is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning.
Exposure to lead can seriously harm your child’s health. It can cause damage to the brain and nervous system, slowed growth and development, learning and behavioral problems, and hearing and speech problems. Unfortunately, because lead exposure often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized until it’s too late.
New York State requires your child’s pediatrician test them for lead at one year of age and again at age two. If your child hasn’t been tested before age two, ask your pediatrician to order the screening.
- If your home was built before 1978, complete the Lead Poisoning Home checklist and speak with your child's pediatrician to determine if they're at risk. View checklist
The Importance of Vaccinations
Immunizations (shots) protect your child from many serious diseases. They should be given at the recommended age — even if your child has a cold or minor illness at the time. Ask your doctor when your child should receive these important shots. Also, inquire about additional immunizations for your child or teen. Click on the links below to access recommended immunization schedules for children, adolescents, and young adults.
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