ADOLESCENT AGED VISITS
Adolescence is the period of transition between childhood and adulthood. It includes some big changes—to the body, and to the way a young person relates to the world. Even though your child is on their way to adult hood, as a parent, we encourage you to continue to bring up any questions or concerns you may have at these visits!
Between the ages of 12 and 21, we offer a questionnaire for patients to complete independently to check on their feelings, ask about substance abuse and evaluate for anxiety and depression. Adolescent depression is important to acknowledge as your child is maturing into an adult. As your child is now a young teen, we also advise having the clinician have some one on one time with your child. You will be able to regroup with them afterwards before concluding the visit. If you have or your child have any concerns regarding anxiety, depression please mention them to your doctor. We have in house social workers who work on site to speak with your child and make necessary referrals as needed.
Your child will continue on to receive venous blood work to be completed at your laboratory of choice. This complete blood work up will check for cholesterol, thyroid functioning, electrolytes, liver and kidney functioning, pre diabetic testing and a complete blood count with differential.
Your doctor will advise you to refrain from eating/drinking 8-12 hours prior to your appointment (water is ok)
Your doctor will advise you to refrain from eating 8-12 hours prior to your appointment.
*********Tip: Schedule an early morning appointment and have a nice breakfast after! *************
At ages 13, 14 and 15 there are no mandatory immunizations due. If the season is appropriate, your child may receive the Influenza vaccine. Keep in mind the importance of receiving the Gardasil vaccine and under 15 years of age the vaccine is only two doses vs three after 15 years of age.
At 16 years of age, the 2nd Menactra (meningococcal) vaccine will be administered which will complete the Meningitis A series.
At 17/18 years of age, your child will receive their Meningitis B vaccine (Bexsero or Trumemba) a 2 part series.
And with that, that concludes your child pediatric vaccine schedule ! (Insert Bugs bunny “That’s all folks”)