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A trip to the doctor for a checkup is important for staying healthy and preventing illness and disease. With the right amount of preparation, you can help make your next checkup as beneficial as possible.

Here are some tips for making the most of your visit:

1. Bring in your current medications

If you are currently taking medication, be sure to bring in the bottle for each medication or a medication list that includes dosing information. This helps your doctor track what you are taking and adjust if needed.  Also, include any supplements you are taking.

If you have been experiencing any complications or side effects from your medication, let your doctor know.

2. Have a list of questions ready

Your doctor will be more than happy to answer any questions you have during your visit. This is the perfect opportunity to bring up any health issues you’ve been experiencing or believe you may be at risk for.

You can also take this time to ask about recommended preventative screenings based on your age, lifestyle and family history.

3. Bring vaccine documentation

If you have received any vaccines as an adult, bring documentation to your checkup. Up-to-date vaccination records help your doctor asses your risk and make recommendations for vaccines that can protect your health.

4. Prior hospitalizations and surgeries

If you’ve been hospitalized or had surgery since your last checkup, tell your doctor. If you have discharge paperwork, bring it with you.

Don’t put off going to the doctor. Regular visits help you stay informed and prevent life-threating health problems in the future.  Preparing for your checkup can help you stay one step ahead when it comes to your health.

UCF Health offers primary care from its two office locations in East Orlando and Lake Nona.

Weekly Health Tips are brought to you by UCF Health, the College of Medicine’s physician practice. Offering primary and specialty care under one roof, UCF Health treats patients age 16 and up in primary care and age 18 and up for specialty care. Most major insurance plans are accepted. Two locations are now open: the original in East Orlando at Quadrangle and University boulevards just blocks from the main UCF campus, and the newest one in Medical City at Narcoossee Road and Tavistock Lakes Boulevard. Information for both facilities can be found at, or call (407) 266-DOCS to schedule an appointment.

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