Millions Of US Teens May Be Missing Out On Annual Medical Checkups[1],[2] And The Opportunity To Be Screened For Health Risks[3

Millions Of US Teens May Be Missing Out On Annual Medical Checkups[1],[2] And
              The Opportunity To Be Screened For Health Risks[3]

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2013

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Approximately one-third
of teens may be missing annual checkups at a time of risk-taking and
exploration, according to data from the US Department of Health and Human
Services^[1] and the latest US Census.^[2] But this time is also an
opportunity to develop attitudes and lifestyles that can set them up for
better health. To increase opportunities to discuss key health-related
problems and behaviors, from diet and fitness, to signs of emotional distress,
injury prevention, and developmental challenges, health experts advocate for
annual checkups for adolescents.^^[3]^, ^[4]

To better understand perceptions about teen health that may contribute to
missed annual checkups, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
(NFID), in collaboration with and with support from Pfizer Inc, conducted a
survey of more than 2,000 parents, teens, and healthcare professionals. On
Tuesday, April 16, NFID will bring together leading experts on health and teen
issues to reveal the findings and discuss misperceptions identified in the
survey.

WHO:

  oSusan Rehm, M.D., medical director of the National Foundation for
    Infectious Diseases: Dr. Rehm is a fellow of the Infectious Diseases
    Society of America and the American College of Physicians and a member of
    several professional societies, including the American College of
    Physician Executives, the American Society for Microbiology and the
    American Medical Association. Since 2002, she has been honored as one of
    the "Best Doctors in America."
  oAria Finger, chief operating officer, DoSomething.org: Ms. Finger's work
    has focused on all aspectsof teen activism. She is a strong believer
    inthe power of adolescents to inspire, lead,support, and celebrate
    making positivechanges in themselves and others.
  oLeslie Walker, M.D., immediate past-president, Society for Adolescent
    Health and Medicine; division chief of adolescent medicine at Seattle
    Children's Hospital and professor of pediatrics, University of Washington
    School of Medicine: Dr. Walker has advocated for the education of
    healthcare providers on the unique needs of adolescents, especially in the
    areas of mental health and primary care.

WHEN AND WHERE: Tues., April 16, 2013, 9 a.m., National Press Club, 529 14^th
St., NW, Washington, District of Columbia. The briefing is also available via
webcast. Please contact Jenn Corrigan for log-in details.

CONTACT: Jenn Corrigan, Feinstein Kean Healthcare, 732-590-3849;
jenn.corrigan@fkhealth.com

An online survey of 504 teens aged 13-17, 500 parents of teens aged 13-17, and
1,325 healthcare professionals, including pediatricians, primary care
physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, and
licensed practical nurses, was conducted in the United States by Harris
Interactive Inc. on behalf of National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
(NFID) in collaboration with and with support from Pfizer Inc, between
December 27, 2012 and January 23, 2013. Respondents were sampled from the
online panels maintained by Harris Interactive Inc. and its partners and
invited by e-mail to be screened and if qualified, participate in an online
self-administered survey.

[1] Healthy People 2020. Healthy People 2020 Summary of Objectives. Available
at:
http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topicsobjectives2020/pdfs/HP2020objectives.pdf.
Accessed March 11, 2013.
[2] United States Census Bureau. Population Estimates. Available at:
http://www.census.gov/popest/data/historical/2000s/vintage_2008/index.html.
Accessed March 11, 2013.
[3] American Academy of Pediatrics. "Adolescence. 11 to 21 years" (chapter).
Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and
Adolescents, Third Edition, 2008. Available at:
http://brightfutures.aap.org/pdfs/Guidelines_PDF/18-Adolescence.pdf. Accessed
March 11, 2013.
[4] Society for Adolescent Medicine. Clinical preventive services for
adolescents: Position paper of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. J Adol
Health. 1997. Available at:
http://www.adolescenthealth.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Position_Papers&Template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=1464.
Accessed March 11, 2013.

SOURCE National Foundation for Infectious Diseases