Making sure someone gets recommended screenings and vaccines is one of the best and easiest ways to help others keep themselves healthy. For many screens and vaccines, a doctor visit isn't required. Educating friends and family about the importance of preventive health care — and helping them get that care — is a great way to help someone you care about.
Screenings and vaccines: often adults don’t know which they need, never think about them, or have unfavorable attitudes toward particular ones.
Because recommended vaccines are required for kids to enter school, parents do an excellent job of getting their children the required vaccines. The same cannot be said for adults, largely due to a lack of awareness of the benefits of preventive care. Many American adults fail to get the basic health screenings and vaccines recommended by doctors.
You can be a champion for the health of others by motivating them to get recommended screenings and vaccines. Screenings like mammograms and cholesterol checks often detect chronic diseases in their early, most treatable stages. Vaccines can help stave off illnesses, like influenza and pneumonia, which kill tens of thousands of Americans every year. You can also educate others on the benefits of preventive care and help them to find convenient, affordable locations to get that preventive care.
Only 25% of the nearly 55 million Americans ages 50-64, and even fewer African-Americans and Hispanics/Latinos, receive recommended preventive services.
Many screenings and vaccines are available in walk-in clinics, community centers and even retail stores.
Most screenings and vaccines take only a few minutes, although some, like a colonoscopy, can take a few hours.
Who can do this?
Great Reasons to do this Project
- Help people in your community learn the value of screenings and vaccines.
- Help people understand the screens they need and when they need them.
Help people adopt healthier lifestyles by building good relationships with providers.
- Help people avoid and/or manage some health conditions by getting them to see their health care providers.