The Importance Of Preventive Care For Children

1619 Words Oct 26th, 2015 7 Pages
Numerous reports have been made in regards to children from birth to three years of age not receiving any type of preventive care. Preventive care provides immunizations, health screenings, and tests that help to prevent against diseases and illnesses. There have been many studies conducted in regards to the importance of children receiving preventive care. The most crucial time frame for this care should occur from birth until 3 years of age. Millions of infants, children and adolescents in the United States did not receive key clinical preventive services, according to a report published by the Centers of Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Supplement. This paper will discuss the importance of preventive care, the challenges and barriers that prevent children from receiving preventive care, and how to encourage parents to obtain preventive care for children.
Providing children with preventive care from the time of birth can prove to be very beneficial for them, and plays a very important role in having healthy stay healthy. The importance of childhood preventive care has long been emphasized at the federal level, through such programs as the Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant, Medicaid’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment Program, and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. (Paul J. Chung, 2006). Even with all of the assistance available less than half of the children in the…
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