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Most teens not getting recommended preventative checkups

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Less than two percent of American teens get the yearly preventive check-up that's recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

A study of 700,000 teens found one-third had no preventive visits and another 40 percent only had one between the ages of 13 and 17, even though they had insurance requiring no deductible or co-pay.

Sick visits were more frequent in all age groups, leading researchers to suggest doctors take advantage of these opportunities to provide preventive care services.

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