Your Health

How To Be Healthy

Edmonds Family Medicine physicians are continuously involved in teaching people about how to improve or maintain their health. We have many educational materials (pamphlets, videos) on a wide variety of topics. Our physicians are also involved in the community and will make presentations to groups and classes on a number of health concerns.

Preventative Medicine

Edmonds Family Medicine physicians are continuously involved in teaching people about how to improve or maintain their health. We have many educational materials (pamphlets & videos) on a wide variety of topics. Our physicians are also involved in the community and will make presentations to groups and classes on a number of health concerns.

If you wish to learn more about the health education programs at EFMC please talk to your doctor, or take a look at our Classes and Workshops for more information.

Below are suggestions about which routine services you may want to schedule on a regular basis. These guidelines do not indicate insurance coverage, please check on your specific benefit plan if you have questions, many insurance plans do not cover routine services.

Healthcare Maintenance Guidelines for Individuals with no Major Illnesses:
GENERAL PHYSICAL
 

Male or female younger than 40: complete physical exam every three years.
Male or female 40-50 years of age: complete physical exam every two years.
Male or female over the age of 50: complete physical exam every year.

PELVIC EXAM
 

Every adult woman needs a yearly breast exam, pelvic exam and pap smear
(if cervix present)

 

MAMMOGRAM
 

X-ray for the early detection of breast cancer in women.
Below are the guidelines for low risk patients.

Age 40-50 every two years
Over the age of 50 every year

FLEXIBLE SIGMOIDOSCOPY
 

Procedure used for the early detection of rectal/sigmoid colon cancer.

WELL CHILD VISITS
 

Bring your children in for visits at the following ages:

2 weeks old
2 months
4 months
6 months
9 months
1 year
15 months MMR vaccine, office visit is optional
18 months
2-6 years of age: yearly visits
7+ years of age: every year through school age

PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR IMMUNIZATIONS
 

Q: Are immunizations safe?

A: It is very rare for a child to have a serious reaction to a vaccine. There is a much greater risk of disability or death from the diseases than from the vaccines themselves. If you have questions or concerns talk with your health care provider.

Q: How can I help my child prepare for an immunization?

A: Your child may be upset about getting a shot. All immunizations except the polio vaccine must be given as a shot in order to work. If your child is old enough, explain why shots are important. Here are some tips that will help you prepare your child:

  • Infants: Just prior to and during the vaccination, talk to your baby or distract them with a toy. Console them by cuddling and hugging immediately afterwards.

 

  • Toddlers/Preschoolers: Tell your child what will happen just before the shot is given. Be honest and matter-of-fact in saying it will hurt. Try to distract them during the injection and tell them when it is over. Praise their behavior or console as necessary. Allow your child to act out giving a shot to a doll or teddy bear or draw a picture of what happened.

 

  • School Age: Prepare you child the day before or the day of the appointment. Tell them what will happen and what they are expected to do (holding their arm still, etc…). Allow your child to have some control of the situation by letting them chose which arm the shot is given in, opening the band-aid package, etc… Distract or relax them (by counting or singing) to help them through the experience. Praise and console as needed. Allow them to play out and talk about the experience.

(A tip for parents: If you are afraid of shots, ask a friend or relative to come with you to be with your child)

Health Links

Dr. Koop
Web MD
InteliHealth
MAYO Clinic

Verdant Health

These links will provide you information on healthcare and the resources available to stay healthy. The World Wide Web has many such informative sites for you to view.

Classes and Workshops
Beginning January 19 2016, we will be offerring the Love & Logic parenting classes facilitated by our own Dr. Sue Thomason. Please call (425) 775-9474 for more information.