Children and Teens

The Preventive Health Guidelines will help you learn more about the screenings, tests and shots that you and your family need. Information in our guidelines comes from medical expert organizations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Talk with your doctor to make sure your family’s medical checkups and shots are up to date.

To find out if a shot, test or screening is covered under your health plan, you can check your benefits online by signing in to your account or calling Customer Service at the phone number on the back of your member ID card.

Children and Teens

What to expect during your visit to the doctor

A well-baby exam:

At one, two, four and six months of age. The doctor will offer advice about your baby’s health, development and behavior. He or she should also talk to you about injury and violence prevention, sleep positions, feeding and diet, daily care and physical activity. During the exam, your child may receive immunizations (also known as vaccinations, vaccines or shots) and screenings, depending on his or her health and your doctor’s judgment. If your child has a disability or developmental delay, your doctor may refer your child to an early intervention program (EIP) for testing. Select a link below for more baby care topics:

Immunizations:

Learn about the vaccinations (shots) your baby needs:

Screenings:

Safety first:

It’s important to give your baby a safe place to sleep, so make sure that no pillows, soft bedding or comforters are used where they sleep. Babies should be placed on their back in a crib with a firm mattress. In the car, put your child in a rear-facing car seat in the back of the car, at least until age two. Learn more about safety:

*Mandated by the New York State Department of Health.
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics

What to expect during your visit to the doctor

A well-baby exam:

At nine months of age. The doctor will offer advice about your baby’s health, development and behavior. He or she should also talk to you about injury and violence prevention, sleep positions, feeding and diet, as well as daily care and physical activity. During the exam, your child may receive immunizations (also known as vaccinations, vaccines or shots) and screenings, depending on his or her health and your doctor’s judgment. If your child has a disability or developmental delay, your doctor may refer your child to an early intervention program (EIP) for testing. Select a link below for more baby care topics:

Immunizations:

Learn about the vaccinations (shots) your baby needs:

Screenings:

Safety first:

It’s important to give your baby a safe place to sleep, so make sure that no pillows, soft bedding or comforters are used where they sleep. Babies should be placed on their back in a crib with a firm mattress. In the car, put your child in a rear-facing car seat in the back of the car, at least until age two. Learn more about safety:

*Mandated by the New York State Department of Health
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics

What to expect during your visit to the doctor

A well-baby exam:

At 12, 15, 18 and 24 months of age. The doctor will offer advice about your baby’s health, development and behavior. The doctor should also talk to you about injury and violence prevention, sleep positions, feeding and diet, daily care and physical activity. During the exam, your child may receive immunizations (also known as vaccinations, vaccines or shots) and screenings, depending on his or her health and your doctor’s judgment. If your child has a disability or developmental delay, your doctor may refer your child to an early intervention program (EIP) for testing. Select a link below for more child care topics:

Immunizations:

Learn about the vaccinations (shots) your child needs:

Screenings:

  • Autism screening: At 18 months and two years of age.
  • Cholesterol screening: At two years of age. Learn more about cholesterol.
  • Dental screening: Your child needs a dental checkup at 12 months of age. Your dentist may apply fluoride varnish starting when teeth first appear. The dentist may also suggest that you start to give your child oral fluoride supplements after age six months. Your child should also have dental checkups twice a year, starting at age two. Learn more about your child’s oral health:
  • Hearing screening: At well visits.
  • Hemoglobin/hematocrit (Hgb/Hct): Blood test at 12 months. Risk assessment at 15 months.
  • Lead screening: Each year between age six months and six years to assess risk for lead poisoning. Learn more about lead screening.
  • Lead test: At 12 and 24 months of age.* Learn more about lead testing.
  • TB (tuberculosis) screening: Every year or as your child’s doctor advises. Learn more about TB.
  • Vision screening: At every well visit. Learn more about vision screenings.
  • Weight, length, height and head circumference measurements: At every visit.

Safety first:

It’s important to give your baby a safe place to sleep, so make sure that no pillows, soft bedding or comforters are used where they sleep. Babies should be placed on their back in a crib with a firm mattress. In the car, put your child in a rear-facing car seat in the back of the car, at least until age two. Learn more about safety:

*Mandated by the New York State Department of Health.
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics