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Question:
Where can I find answers to general healthcare questions I have?

Answer:
You can always talk with your primary care provider at your local Military Treatment Facility (MTF) or civilian health care provider with your questions or concerns. TRICARE also operates a Nurse Advice Line (800-611-2871) where you can consult with a registered about your health care concerns. There are several websites that also offer good health information, to include the main TRICARE site (http://www.tricare.osd.mil) and the MedlinePlus site (http://www.medlineplus.com).

Question:
Where can I find out what vaccinations my child needs for school and/or child care centers?

Answer:
The Primary Care Clinic at your local Military Treatment Facility (MTF) or comparable civilian health facility can provide you with the U.S. Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule. You can also find this information online at the Centers for Disease Control website (http://www.cdc.gov).

Question:
Where can I get vaccinations and immunizations?

Answer:
Your Military Treatment Facility (MTF) and/or other health care provider can assist you with vaccinations and immunizations. Oftentimes, during the start of the flu season, you can get flu shots at your place of Employment, local community centers, and grocery or discount stores.

Question:
Where can I obtain preventive health care information, to include information on personal wellness?

Answer:
Health officials at your local Military Treatment Facility (MTF) or civilian health care provider can address your questions/concerns regarding preventive health care and personal wellness. Additionally, there are other civilian agencies that can provide assistance as well as a variety of material at your local library or on the Internet. There are also many online resources such as Medline Plus (www.hlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/), a website provided by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health and the Army's Hooah 4 Health site (www.hooah4health.com).

Question:
Why is it so important to have routine physicals?

Answer:
Routine check-ups are important because it forces you to focus on your general physical and emotional state, and discuss any questions you may have with your physician. A health professional can often detect certain medical conditions that may go unnoticed otherwise. Early detection of a disease or other medical condition can often increase the likelihood for effective treatment, and in many cases, save your life. There are a number of screening procedures and immunizations that health-care providers recommend for people to have, depending on their age, sex, and symptoms or risk factors for specific diseases. Routine physicals and immunizations are covered under most health care plans. Contact your health care provider or Military Treatment Facility (MTF) for more information.
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