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Without symptoms of disease, children generally do not need many laboratory screening tests. Preventive services for children emphasise immunisation and prevention of accidents and injuries as well as counselling on development of healthy eating and exercise habits. As well as immunisation boosters, vaccination for tuberculosis is offered between the ages of 10 and 14 following skin testing (see the Immunise Australia Program).

Height, weight, and blood pressure should be monitored during periodic health examinations. Screening to prevent tooth decay is carried out through regular dental checks in schools. Although health screening laboratory tests are usually not conducted on children without symptoms of disease, some screening tests may be recommended based on known risk factors.

Not everyone in this age group may need screening for every condition listed here.
Click on the tabs above to read more about each condition and to determine if screening may be appropriate for you or your family member. You should discuss screening options with your health care practitioner.


Related links

Healthdirect Australia: Babies and toddlers health
Healthdirect Australia: Kids' health
Immunise Australia Program