Kids Miss Needed Preventative Care
Are your children receiving the preventive care services they need? In national data collected just before the Affordable Care Act went into effect, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 79 percent of toddlers ages 10 to 47 months were not screened for developmental delays, 47 percent of teen girls were not given the human papillomavirus vaccine, and 24 percent of kids ages 3 to 17 had not received blood pressure checks. Other missed services included antismoking help for teens and young adults, and dental exams for kids. These are just a few examples of recommended services to head off serious health problems in kids, which can be delivered by doctors, nurses, or other health care providers. Talk to your kid’s provider about what services he or she may need.
Source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Supplement, published online Sept. 12, 2014