Child and adolescent preventive health guidelines

Providence Health Plans supports the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommendations and immunization practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC. The frequency of visits for infants, children and adolescents follows recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. These guidelines are intended for the average risk population and do not take the place of your doctor's opinion or recommendations.

Talk to your child's health care provider about the preventive care that's right for your child. Need a pediatrician or family physician? Find one that's a good fit.

Preventive care service   Description
Chlamydia screening   For all sexually active females
Prevention with oral fluoride supplementation for preschool children   For children age 6 months or older whose current water supply is without fluoride
Adolescent depression screening   For adolescents age 12 to 18
Gonorrhea prophylactic medication for newborns   For all newborns
Gonorrhea screening   For all sexually active females at increased risk
Hearing loss screening, newborns   For all newborns
Hemoglobinopathies screening   For all newborns
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening   For all adolescents at increased risk for HIV infections
Hypothyroid, congenital screening   For all newborns
Immunizations   Provide routine immunizations for all children as recommended by the CDC per the appropriate schedule:
Infant to age 6
Ages 7 to 18
Catch-up schedule
Iron supplementation   For asymptomatic children ages 6 to 12 months who are at increased risk for iron deficiency anemia
Metabolic screening   For all newborns
Obesity screening and counseling   For children age 6 and older
PKU screening   For all newborns
Sexually transmitted infection prevention and counseling   For all sexually active adolescents
Syphilis screening   For all children at increased risk for syphilis infection
Visual acuity screening in children   For children age 5 and younger