Caring for Kids: 11 to 21 Years

 
Caring for Kids 11 to 21 years

Well-child visits – For parents, a well-child visit is time with your clinician to ask questions and bring up concerns about your child's growth and development, behavior and general well-being. At regularly scheduled well-child visits, our care teams get to better know both you and your child. If you have an urgent question or concern, visits can be scheduled at any time.

For kids age 11 to 21, schedule visits every other year. 

 Well-child visit by age  Adolescence
 11  12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
 Physical examination










 Weight, height and blood pressure










Body mass index (BMI)










Vision  
  


  
Hearing


  
  
Health Questionnaire










 Immunizations
Meningococcal conjugate (MCV)        
 
 

   
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)  3 doses if not previously given
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (Tdap)  See vaccination information below*
Varicella (Chickenpox)
2 doses if not previously given and no history of chickenpox
 Influenza Once a year during influenza season
 Oral Health
 Oral health check

Boxes marked with a  show what will happen at each visit. Boxes that extend beyond one age group show the recommended period of time when your child should get the immunization. 

What to expect
Children and teens will need to undress (underwear can remain on) and put on a gown for getting weighed and having a physical exam. 
13 years and older: Parents may be asked to leave the exam room for part of the visit. 
Health questionnaire: Complete any health questionnaire provided.
Forms: Bring any sports, camp, school and childcare forms that you need your clinician to complete. 

Vaccine information
Tdap:
Teens 13 through 18 years old who missed the Tdap dose or received Td only at 11 or 12 years old should receive 1 dose of Tdap. 
MCV: Teens who received the 1st dose of MCV4 at 11 or 12 years old should receive a booster dose at 16 years old. Teens who received the 1st dose at 13 through 15 years old should receive a booster dose at 16 through 18 years old. If the 1st dose was given at 16 years or older, a booster dose is not needed. 
HPV: This vaccine requires 3 doses. The 2nd dose should be given at least 2 months after the 1st dose. The 3rd dose should be given at least 6 months after the 1st dose. 

Visit healthychildren.org for more information.