Preventative medicine is a specialty which concentrates on the prevention of disease and the maintenance of a person’s health and overall wellbeing. The goal is to stop the development of diseases and disability. PNPs, or pediatric nurse practitioners, who practice this type of care use their skills and training to emphasize good health. Pediatric preventative medicine focuses on keeping preventable diseases from affecting children and causing issues which could hinder their development and growth.
Health screenings, routine physical exams, comprehensive lab tests, and immunization are all services which fall under preventative medicine. Preventing a disease or condition from ever occurring is the ultimate goal. Integrative Pediatric Health Care offers several preventative steps to ensure that every child can enjoy a long, healthy life.
Children encounter several infectious diseases growing up, particularly in the earliest months and years of life. Colds, bronchitis, croup, and other viral and bacterial infections are quite common during this time and unfortunately they are difficult to avoid. Ear infections, sinusitis, impetigo, and pinkeye are also quite common. Beyond these childhood infections, vaccines have been incredibly successful in preventing childhood diseases and significantly improving child mortality rates. For instance, vaccinating with the Tdap shot protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. Diphtheria and pertussis can both cause serious breathing problems and tetanus can even be fatal if not prevented or treated. Also, thanks to the vaccine, polio is completely eradicated in the U.S. For infants six months or over, receiving a flu shot and a pneumonia vaccine is also highly recommended. Children this age are the most vulnerable to these diseases. A particular strain of pneumonia can even lead to blood infections and meningitis, and this vaccine protects children against these complications. Additionally, the MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps, and rubella. These viral infections can cause severe symptoms. Measles and mumps frequently lead to chronic conditions including deafness, brain damage, and reproductive issues. Rubella, also known German measles, causes very high fevers. Thanks to these vaccines these once common diseases no longer affect children by damaging their long-term health.
Here is a list of insurances we accept. We do not accept Kaiser or Denver Health Medicaid or some plans that were purchased on the health exchange website. Each plan has unique benefits, so we encourage you to contact your insurance to ask if we are in-network. Please have your card at the time of service; co-pays are expected at time of visit. If we are not in-network, if you are not insured, or your insurance is inactive, payment is due at the time of service. We can coordinate payment plans when needed.