The early years are a critical
time when our brains and bodies
develop, laying the foundation
for lifelong health.
Teens are at the highest risk
for mental health issues such
as depression and anxiety.
Young adults experience
mental health issues and are at
risk for sexual and reproductive
From toddlers to centenarians,
we look at how our health changes
as we age and how Alberta’s
healthcare system supports us
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and childbirth sexual
Screenings and care Children start
getting routine immunizations against
infectious diseases at two months
old. They also start screenings for
vision, hearing and development.
Screenings and care Teens start
routine screenings for changes in
vision, hearing, weight, behaviour
and oral health. They may also start
screenings for depression, substance
abuse and sexual health.
Screenings and care The family
doctor is a front-line service
throughout life. We often access
specialists and other healthcare
resources through our family doctor.
1 in 3
Alberta children under
the age of 10 will visit an
over the course of a year
Children are at a high risk for
infectious diseases. When children
and their families are immunized, it
forms an armour that protects them and
others who are vulnerable to diseases.
of all physician services teens
used were for mental disorders;
the highest of any age 15%
in their 20s