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The Importance of Preventive Care

Remember the old saying that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"? This can be especially true when it comes to preventive health care. Maintaining or improving your health is important – and a focus on regular preventive care, along with following the advice of your doctor, can help you stay healthy.

Routine checkups and screenings can help you avoid serious health problems, allowing you and your doctor to work as a team to manage your overall health, and help you reach your personal health and wellness goals.

What is Preventive Care?

Preventive care focuses on maintaining your health, and establishing your baseline health status. This may include immunizations, vaccines, physical evaluations, lab work, x-rays and medically appropriate health screenings. During your preventive visit, your doctor will determine what tests or screenings are appropriate for you based on many factors such as your age, gender, overall health status, personal health history and your current symptoms or chronic health concerns.

preventive versus diagnostic care

Preventive care can help you avoid potentially serious health conditions and/or obtain early diagnosis and treatment. Generally, the sooner your doctor can identify and treat a medical condition, the better the outcome.

Recommended Screenings and Vaccinations

UnitedHealthcare's Preventive Care GuidelinesOpens a new window helps you track preventive screenings and vaccinations – right from your computer or mobile device. This new web-based tool provides the age and gender-specific preventive care recommendations that will allow you to help manage your health and the health of your family. Working with your doctor, you can use this knowledge to make informed medical decisions that suit your lifestyle and daily habits. You can view, print and e-mail your specific preventive health guidelines, which are based on recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and other health organizations.

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