Childhood preventive care

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Children’s health guide

Visit WebMD for information about developmental stages, diet and exercise, safety and more.

Well-child visits

How often should your children see the doctor? Kids grow and change fast in early childhood, and routine well-child visits play an important role in making sure they are on a healthy track.

Frequent well-child exams provide a chance for you and your child’s primary care provider (PCP) to:

  • Check growth and development
  • Discuss age-specific health, behavior and safety
  • Complete routine immunizations, screenings and tests
  • Talk through any questions or concerns you may have

Six or more well-child visits are recommended within your child’s first 15 months. These visits and all immunizations are covered for WellFirst Health members.

See the American Academy of Pediatrics website for more about well-child visits.

Recommended well-child visits
By 1 month 12 months
2 months 15 months
4 months 2 months
6 months 2 years
9 months 2 1/2 years
Starting at age 3, one visit every year

 

Childhood immunizations

Vaccines help keep children safe and free from vaccine preventable diseases. Here are five reasons to vaccinate children.

  • Immunizations can save a child’s life
  • Vaccinations are safe and effective
  • Immunizations protect others
  • Immunizations can save time and money
  • Immunizations help protect future generations

Visit Why Immunize Kids? for more information.

You can go to your PCP, pharmacy, or both to be vaccinated. See our list of retail pharmacies that provide vaccinations. If you receive pharmacy benefits through a carrier other than WellFirst Health, be sure to confirm insurance coverage of vaccines provided at your pharmacy.

Guidelines to keep in mind:
  • No prescription is necessary if receiving vaccines at one of the listed retail pharmacies
  • Members can get vaccines from their PCP, pharmacy or a combination of both
  • Call your pharmacy to ask if a vaccine is in stock or available
  • Visit cdc.gov to learn more about vaccines and schedules
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 requires health insurers offering large group, small group and individual health insurance to provide benefits for the preventative screenings listed below without cost sharing. These preventative services may be subject to coverage limitations, and may change based on recommendations provided by the United States Preventative Services Task Force, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, or the Health Resources and Services Administration. Additionally, these services are provided without cost sharing only when they are delivered by a network provider. Services performed for the primary reason of diagnosing, monitoring, or treating an illness or injury are not covered as preventative services, but may be covered under the applicable non-preventive services medical benefit, subject to your benefit plan provisions. Some exceptions may apply to grandfathered plans – please check with your plan administrator for details.