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Where Teens Receive Preventive Health Care

Preventive services for teens are provided in different places, including:

  • Doctor’s office (i.e., pediatricians, internal and family medicine physicians)
  • Community health centers
  • University clinics
  • School-based health centers
  • Local health departments

Adolescents often see multiple providers to address different health care needs. For instance, they may get vision or height and weight screenings from their school nurse or during a sports physical. Some preventive services, such as an annual flu shot, can be obtained in other locations, such as local drug and grocery stores. If teens receive preventive services in multiple settings, it can be difficult to keep track of which preventive services have been received and which are still needed. An easy way to keep up to date on the full range of preventive services is to schedule an annual visit with a health care provider. Find information on locating health care services.

Resources for Health Care Providers

There also are things health care providers can do to make preventive services more accessible to teens. For example, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) offers guidance, resources, and trainings on confidentiality in clinical care. Health care providers also can use reminder systems to help keep teen patients on schedule for immunizations and other preventive services. The AAP has more information on how to set up reminder systems.

In addition to recommendations from major medical associations, resources specific to teens and young adults include:

Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on April 16, 2018