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Prescription for health: Experts say it is important for annual checkups to continue into teen years

Experts say it is important for annual checkups to continue into teen years

11:39 AM, Jun. 28, 2013
Annual checkups aren't just for babies, but a recent survey shows that families' commitment to regular doctor visits tends to taper as children enter their teen years.
Annual checkups aren't just for babies, but a recent survey shows that families' commitment to regular doctor visits tends to taper as children enter their teen years.
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Parents of infants and young children regularly visit the pediatrician's office for their child's checkups. These visits offer an opportunity to learn about keeping your child healthy and to ensure he or she is up-to-date on vaccines. However, when a child reaches the teen years, these annual checkups may fall off the radar. A recent survey, fielded by Harris Interactive and commissioned by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, in collaboration with and with support from Pfizer Inc., found that while 85 percent of parents polled say an annual checkup is very important for ...

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