From 2 years to adult:
Although many pediatricians continue to see patients until early adulthood (e.g., age 18yrs), some children receive care from a family practitioner or a specialist in adolescent medicine during their teens. The transition between childhood and adult life is a very important stage for our children. Medical visits at this stage are focused on encouraging healthy behaviors regarding diet, exercise, and sleep. They also provide an opportunity to counsel about stress, accident prevention, contraception, and healthy lifestyles. There may be the time to speak with the pediatrician about additional vaccines against disease such as Hepatitis, HPV, meningitis (for college students) and travel vaccines.