It is important for all adolescents and young adults to receive an annual well-visit. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends an annual well-visit for everyone up to age 21. An Annual well-visit is more than a physical exam. The visit also includes discussion of other health-related topics and maybe a time to receive needed vaccinations, including the meningococcal and Tdap immunizations.

During adolescent years, habits and behaviors are established and for some youth, chromic conditions may emerge. High-quality preventative care can play a critical role in providing the support adolescents need as they enter into adulthood.

For more information, we encourage you to visit the following website: http://idph.iowa.gov/adolescent-health or call American Home Finding @ 641-682-8784.

American Home Finding’s Child and Adolescent Health program services children in Wapello, Mahaska and Keokuk County.

Katy Gottschalk

Health & Human Resources Director

American Home Finding Association

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