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 Preventative Care is the care you receive to prevent illnesses or diseases, and includes counseling to prevent health problems.

The Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc. would like to encourage preventative care because it is important that our employees and clients stay healthy and access prompt treatment when necessary, as it can also help to reduce overall medical expenses.  Many types of screenings and tests can catch a disease before it starts.  This also includes receiving immunizations.  Preventative care can help you stay healthier and get more effective treatment.

Most people don’t think twice about visiting their doctor or healthcare facility when they are sick, but many don’t understand the importance and benefits of preventative care.  Prevention of chronic diseases also includes self-care like eating healthy, and giving up unhealthy behaviors.

Preventative Care Services

  • Wellness Visits and Standard Immunizations
  • Screenings for blood pressure, cancer, cholesterol, depression, obesity, and diabetes
  • Pediatric screenings for hearing, vision, development disorders, depression and obesity

Preventative care begins prior to birth and should continue throughout adulthood.   Services can begin for women who may become pregnant or are pregnant.  Screenings, and supplements are a good start to preventative care for women.

Children should go to the doctor for well-baby visit.   For a well-baby visit, the provider will complete a full checkup to make sure he/she is healthy and developing normally.  During these visits, the doctor can catch any problems early to make it easier to treat.  Additionally, the provider will discuss and or administer the necessary vaccines.   They are eligible for 12 well visits from birth until age 3 and yearly thereafter until age 18.

After the age of 18, adults should get yearly well visits and keep up-to-date on standard immunizations.   The visit can include an overall physical as well as any screenings to detect or prevent any diseases.

Many may not think much of going to the doctor unless you are sick or hurt.   They are there for you in “sickness” and in “health”.  The preventative service you may need might be a test, vaccine or advice from a doctor.

Whether you are nervous about COVID-19 safety or simply putting off your next trip for care, do not delay in talking to your health care provider about scheduling your preventive health screenings.  Always ask your doctor what is right for you.