Medical Director Encourages Parents to Schedule Well-Child Visits

Starting at birth your child needs regular health checkups and vaccinations. In this video, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Todd Hoffman advises parents to schedule their child’s next well visit and stay up to date on childhood immunizations.

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Hi there, I’m Dr. Todd Hoffman, Chief Medical Officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, here to wish your child a bright future. Starting at birth, your child needs regular health checkups and vaccinations. So plan to take your newborn child to a health care provider in their first week of life, followed by every two to three months until their 2 years of age and then every 6 months until their 3 years old. During each visit, your child’s health care provider will make sure your child is growing, developing and receiving important vaccinations to stay healthy now and into the future. From 3 years of age through the teenage years, your child needs to continue yearly health checkups. And at each visit, the health care provider should check your child’s height, weight and growth and give dietary and exercise tips for your child to stay healthy. There are key ages when your child, preteen and teen will need vaccinations. So talk to your health care provider about getting your child vaccinated. That’s one of the most powerful things you can do to help ensure your child stays as healthy as possible. This is a reminder to call and schedule your child’s next well visit. And as always, be sure to talk to your child’s health care provider about any health questions or concerns you may have. Thank you and be well.