Why do adults need annual exams?

Dr. Sujata Jere an ADC  family practice specialist visits with KXAN’s Erin Cargile to discuss the importance of adult annual exams.   Parents all over Central Texas are scheduling their children’s annual exams, but probably have not thought about their own health.  According to Dr. Jere, an adult annual exam usually consists of measurement of height, weight, blood pressure, body mass index or BMI, and a review of your family history.  Family history is important as an indicator of possible future health concerns.

In addition to a review of your health history, your doctor may also suggest screenings and or immunizations.   If you had the chicken pox as a child, you may consider the Zostovax vaccine for shingles or older adults may also need a pneumonia vaccine in addition to an annual flu shot.

Dr. Jere reminded us that most adult annual exams as well-as preventive screenings and vaccine are covered by insurance.  If you are unsure about your coverage, contact your plan administrator for more information.

For more information about adult screenings and immunizations you may visit the Centers for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov.