Preventive health care is the stuff you do (before you get sick) to stay healthy. So why should you go to the doctor when you’re healthy? The simple answer is that preventive care can help you stay healthier and, as a result, lower your health care costs.

For example, immunizations are considered preventive care. That’s because vaccines help protect you and those around you from diseases like tetanus, measles, chicken pox, seasonal flu and COVID-19.

But preventive care can also help identify health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes or certain cancers earlier, when they’re most treatable. Of course, tackling health issues early helps you get or stay on a healthy track, and reduces the risk of developing other health conditions.

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