FROM OUR SPONSOR: Have kids under 13? Here’s what you need to know about Screenings & Immunizations

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Immunizations are often given as shots. Screenings are tests given to detect a health condition. Together, they can help your child stay protected from disease and maintain wellness.

Ask your doctor for a screening and immunization record. This keeps track of your child’s tests and shots. Keep this record in a safe place. Child care providers and schools will ask for it. Bring the record to every doctor visit.

You can use UnitedHealthcare’s online tool to get recommended immunization and screening schedules for each member of your family. Follow these guidelines, too:

Most shots are given by the time your child is 2 years old. But some are given into the teen years. Consider these tips to help ensure your child gets proper immunizations:

  • Ask your doctor what shots your child needs and what age your child should get them
  • Follow your doctor’s schedule. When your child is getting one shot, make an appointment for the next.
  • Don’t miss your child’s doctor visit. If you have to cancel, set up another one.
  • Your child may run a fever or have swelling in the shot location after getting a shot. Check with your doctor about giving your child over-the-counter pain medication.
  • Ask your doctor about giving aspirin to children younger than age 19. It’s been linked to Reye’s syndrome, a rare but sometimes fatal condition.

Talk to your doctor about your specific questions and concerns regarding your child’s health, and use these guidelines, along with the advice of your doctor, to help your child stay healthy.

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