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7 Screening Tests You Should Never Skip

7 Checks for Your Children

Make sure to get your kids tested too. Mark these important vaccine and screening dates in your calendar.


Blood pressure should be checked at every doctor's visit beginning at age 3.


Visual inspections of the spine to look for asymmetry are recommended during puberty. If a curve is noted, the child will be sent for an x-ray.

Body Mass Index

Monitoring the height and weight of children regularly can help prevent obesity. Your child's body mass index (BMI) should be calculated at his yearly physical.

Hearing and Vision

Routine tests should be conducted by school nurses and during regular checkups.

HPV Vaccine

Protects against 70% of cervical cancers. Three doses recommended for girls 11 to 12 (but can be given to women up to age 26).

Meningitis Vaccine

Given to 11- to 12-year-olds or before high school—and to unvaccinated college students living in dorms.

TDAP Vaccine

Safeguards against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. Booster doses are given beginning at age 11 (to those who had the series as infants) and are recommended every 10 years throughout adulthood.

Copyright © 2007. Used with permission from the September 2007 issue of Family Circle magazine.

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