Teens missing out on annual checkups

Harris Interactive conducted a survey among 500+ teens, 500 parents of teens and more than 1300 health care professionals to understand perceptions about teen health. Based on the results revealed by the survey 60 percent of teens can find at least one reason why not to get an annual checkups, with one third of them saying that your doctor should only be visited if you are sick.

The survey was conducted together with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and support from Pfizer Inc.

Susan J. Rehm, MD, NFID medical director, said that “NFID has long been an advocate of preventive health. With the drop in annual checkups during the teen years, we wanted to take a look at the attitudes and behaviors of the people closest to teen health to see if we can better understand the reason for the decline.” She continued saying that “If we understand why, we may be better equipped to address those perceptions.”

Based on the data provided by US Department of Health and Human Services and the US Census, roughly one-third of teens might be missing their annual checkups.

The reasons for missing the annual checkups are different, but often stem from different misperceptions. If you want to learn about the findings of the survey, be sure to visit myteenshealth.com.

It’s not just about how teens look at the annual perceptions but also the parents. For example, if 85 percent of parents believe that the checkup is necessary when your child is between ages zero and five, 24 percent of them don’t believe the checkup is necessary once their child becomes a teenager.

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