18. Vaccinations and Check-ups: Take Control of your Health

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In order to maintain good health, there are a couple of steps to take to help you achieve that. One is to get your vaccinations, and the other is to get regular medical check-ups. Vaccinations are preventive medical procedures that come in the form of an injection. Most children in the United States are required by law to be vaccinated for certain diseases that are easily transmitted from one person to another. Vaccinating children starts shortly after birth. The typical vaccinations include injections to prevent Hepatitis B, which prevents polio, then later, at about six months Hepatitis A, which stops the spread of measles, mumps, and chickenpox. These diseases were a big problem in the U.S. in the past, but they have all been eliminated through vaccinations. So if you are not certain if you have had your vaccinations, go see a medical professional.

Getting a regular medical check-up is also important for maintaining good health. Doctors are highly-trained individuals whose only concern is to ensure their patients health. It is always easier to practice preventive medicine than to treat an illness once the patient has received it. Preventive medicine is best served by getting regular check-ups. Most doctors want to see their patients every three to six months. By seeing their patients frequently, a doctor can determine slight changes in the overall health of their patients before they become a problem. Usually a check-up will include taking blood and urine samples for analysis. Many illnesses can be revealed through these tests and if caught early, are easily treatable. So make that appointment with your doctor, and if you do not have one, ask a friend, colleague, or family member, for a referral. It could be the best thing you can do for living a long, healthy life.

          




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