Where Teens Receive Preventive Healthcare

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

  • Healthcare providers’ offices (e.g., 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 healthcare 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 adolescents receive preventive services in multiple settings, it can be difficult to keep track of which 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 healthcare provider. Find information on locating healthcare services.

Resources for Healthcare Providers

There also are things healthcare providers can do to make preventive services more accessible to adolescents. For example, healthcare providers can use reminder systems to help keep adolescent patients on schedule for immunizations and other preventive services. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has more information on how to set up reminder systems.

In addition to recommendations from major medical associations, resources for healthcare providers working with teens and young adults include: