How Often Should I Have a Health Screening?

Health screenings are performed routinely to check for specific diseases and conditions. Screenings help make early intervention possible for these diseases and conditions, leading to more successful medical treatment. With that in mind, many patients aren’t sure of how often to get health screenings done. The answer is different for everyone depending on factors like age, family medical history, and other risk factors for certain conditions. 

Here, we’ll discuss what to consider as you decide when to have health screenings. If you’re unsure, make sure to consult a doctor, such as a member of the team at Family Medical Centers. 

Physicals

First off, let’s talk about routine physicals. For most people, a routine physical exam should be completed once annually. This is especially true for patients over the age of 50 or who have preexisting medical conditions. 

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Everything You Need To Know About Pre-Employment Physical Exams

Some career paths require prospective employees to take a physical exam before making the hire. Called pre-employment exams, these physicals vary based on the job type and serve to assure your employer that you’re physically and mentally able to perform the job.

There are legal guidelines in place to regulate pre-employment exams and the information that your employer can ask for. Prospective employees need to understand these limitations to avoid possible discrimination. 

Let’s learn more about pre-employment physical exams and what you should expect going into one as a prospective employee. 

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Tips on Staying Healthy During the Winter Season

This winter, more than ever, people are concerned about staying healthy throughout the cold-weather months. In the winter, people tend to get sick more often. People spend more time inside when it’s cold, and viruses can often survive longer in lower temperatures. Together, these side effects of the winter season can lead to more sickness. 

Thankfully, there are many strategies that you can implement to boost your health in the winter. These tips will decrease your chances of infection and keep your immune system strong. 

Get the Flu Vaccine. 

Receiving your flu shot each year is important for protection against the flu virus. The vaccine will give you a small, inactive dose of the year’s flu virus. This allows your body to produce the antibodies required to fight off the flu. 

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Getting Sports Physicals During the Pandemic

The pandemic has changed a lot, and that includes youth sports. However, even though your child’s school may be doing online instruction and closed classrooms, most are still going ahead with youth sports with precautions put in place. 

But getting a physical or other unnecessary medical visits are difficult to come by these days. Doctors are using telehealth as much as possible, and they are trying to keep in-person visits down to a minimum. If your child isn’t going to be starting sports right away, you might have a hard time getting physicals and other issues taken care of.

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How to Get Your Sports, Camp, or Work Physical

It is about that time of year again, and your children are going to need sports and camp physicals for the summer. Work physicals can come up at any time that you change jobs or positions within a company. In all of these situations, there are some things to keep in mind to make getting your physical as easy as pie. 

Have Your Forms Ready

Your doctor is a busy person, and they only have so much time to spend with you. If you have physical forms that need to be filled out, have them ready with all of your personal information already filled out. Only leave blank those fields that must be filled out by the nurse and doctor examining you.

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