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Well Visit Information for Teens at 15 to 18 Years

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is a well visit?

A well visit is when you see a healthcare provider to prevent health problems. It is a different type of visit than when you see a healthcare provider because you are sick. Well visits are used to track your growth and development. It is also a time for you to ask questions and to get information on how to stay safe. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them. You should have regular well visits all your life, starting at birth.

What development milestones may I reach at 15 to 18 years?

Every person develops at his or her own pace. You might have already reached the following milestones, or you may reach them later:

What can I do to get the right nutrition?

You will have a growth spurt during this age. This growth spurt and other changes during adolescence may cause you to change your eating habits. Your appetite will increase, so you will eat more than usual. You should follow a healthy meal plan that provides enough calories and nutrients for growth and good health.

Healthy Foods

How much physical activity do I need each day?

You should get 1 hour or more of physical activity each day. Examples of physical activities include sports, running, walking, swimming, and riding bikes. The hour of physical activity does not need to be done all at once. It can be done in shorter blocks of time. Limit the time you spend watching television or on the computer to 2 hours each day. This will give you more time for physical activity.

Family Walking for Exercise

What can I do to care for my teeth?

What can I do protect my hearing?

Do not listen to music too loudly. Loud music may cause permanent hearing loss. Make sure you can still hear what is going on around you while you use headphones or earbuds. Use earplugs at music concerts if you are close to the speaker.

What do I need to know about alcohol, tobacco, nicotine, and drugs?

It is best never to start using alcohol, tobacco, nicotine, or drugs. This will prevent health problems from these substances that can continue when you become an adult. You may also have a hard time quitting later. Talk to your parents, healthcare provider, or adult you trust if you have questions about the following:

What do I need to know about safe sex?

What can I do to stay safe in the car?

What else can I do to stay safe?

What other healthy choices should I make?

Which vaccines and screenings may I get during this well visit?

What medical care happens next for me?

Your healthcare provider will talk to you about where you should go for medical care after 17 years. You may continue to see the same healthcare providers until you are 21 years old. You may need vaccines and screenings at your next visit. Your provider will tell you which vaccines and screenings you need and when you should get them.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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