Adolescent Health

Adolescent Screening Information

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Adolescent Well-Child Visit Screenings (11 - 21 years of age)
Screening Test
Alcohol or Drug Use Administer alcohol and drug screening toll
Anema Hematocrit or hemoglobin
Cervical Dysplasia Papanicolaou test, conventional slide or liquid-based
Dyslipidemia Lipid screen
Hearing  Audiometry
Pregnancy (sexually active) Urine hCG
STIs (sexually active) Chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV
Tuberculosis Tuberculin skin test
Vision Snellen Test

Source: Bright Futures

 

Adolescent Immunizations

11 - 12 years
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine (3 Doses)
  • Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV4) Dose 1

13-18 years
  • Tdap
  • HVP
  • MCV4 Dose 1 (Booster at age 16 years)

11-18 years
  • Influenza (yearly)
  • Pneumococcal Vaccine 
  • Hep A Vaccine Series
  • Hep B Vaccine Series
  • Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) Series
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Vaccine Series
  • Varicella Vaccine Series

These vaccines are recommended for all children/adolescents, unless doctor indicates otherwise.
These vaccines should be given if a child/adolescent is catching-up on missing vaccines.
These vaccines are recommended for children/adolescents with certain health conditions that put them at high risk for serious diseases. Note that healthy children/adolescents can get the Hep A series.


Source: American Academy of Pediatrics

Teen Pregnancy

Teen pregnancies can and do happen. 3 in 10 girls will become pregnant by age 20. Unplanned pregnancies can dramatically change the lives of the families involved, sometimes leading to poverty, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, and more unplanned pregnancies.
If you are a parent, you can help prevent a teen pregnancy in your family by starting with these steps:
  • Share your views with your children - About teens having sex, safe sex and preventing pregnancy.
  • Be real - Go beyond explaining basic facts and talk about the feelings and responsibilities sex involves. Discuss the difference between sex and love and how to say no under pressure.
  • Don't worry about mixed messages - You can encourage virginity while still explaining what it takes to prevent pregnancy. More than half of teens surveyed want parents to discuss both abstinence and birth control, rather than one or the other.
  • Stay in charge - Establish rules and curfews and know who your children are hanging out with.
  • Show your love - Establish a close relationship with your children, so that your children will talk with you when they have questions and concerns.
Helpful resources:
Parent's Guide - Age 9 to Young Adults

Helpful links:
National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
Teen Pregnancy

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