A Happy And Healthy Life Begins With Preventative Care

Annual wellness exams are crucial to measuring your overall mental and physical health. Getting a yearly physical with a trusted physician can help you better understand your overall health, have your questions answered by a professional and prevent illnesses and ailments in the future. Don’t wait until you’re sick— schedule an annual wellness exam with Dr. Debralee Frederick and the Hibiscus Medical team today!


What To Expect

Annual wellness exams are simple, straightforward appointments that occur in three major steps: the interview, the physical exam and the lab.

The Interview

The interview portion of an annual wellness exam refers to the initial conversation between you and Dr. Frederick, where she will review your medical history and ask you questions about your medications, home life and more. At this time, Dr. Frederick will also allow you to ask any questions you may have.

While each patient will have different questions and concerns, some standard questions you can ask include:

  • Am I caught up on my immunizations?

  • Am I at a healthy weight?

  • What are some tips you have to maintain a healthy weight?

  • Do I need to make any changes to my medications?

  • Am I getting enough sleep?

The Physical Exam

Following this initial conversation with Dr. Debralee Frederick, she will conduct a physical exam to check your vital signs and determine whether anything looks abnormal. The exam includes:

  • Measuring blood pressure, body temperature and heart rate

  • Listening to your heartbeat to screen for irregularities

  • Monitoring your lung function

  • Head and neck exam to check your ears, nose, sinuses, lymph nodes and thyroid

The Lab

Depending on the results of your physical exam and your specific concerns, Dr. Frederick may recommend blood work. Blood samples can be collected by the Hibiscus Medical team and sent for analysis at a third-party lab such as Labcorp or Quest.

Lab work uses urinalysis and/or blood tests to analyze the following:

  • Lipid count

  • Blood glucose

  • Blood count

  • Presence of sexually-transmitted infections

  • Signs of heart disease, cancer and more

Why Preventative Care
Is Important

Annual wellness exams allow Dr. Frederick to see how your mental health, physical health and environment all contribute to your overall well-being. Additionally, by having regular, physical exams with Dr. Frederick, she can diagnose any serious illnesses or complications early on and act swiftly to create a comprehensive treatment plan. The earlier these illnesses are discovered and diagnosed, the better chance you have of making a full recovery or successfully managing your symptoms.

Vaccines And Immunizations In Washington, DC

Vaccines and immunizations help to protect yourself and others from contracting serious illnesses, such as chickenpox, polio, the flu and more. Whether you are behind on your routine vaccines or need new immunizations ahead of an international trip, Hibiscus Medical in Washington, DC has got you covered! Vaccines that we offer include but are not limited to:

  • Influenza or flu vaccine (seasonal)

  • Chickenpox

  • Shingles

  • Polio

  • Hepatitis A

  • Hepatitis B

  • Measles

  • Mumps

  • Tetanus

  • Pneumococcal

Visit the CDC’s website for more information about the recommended adult vaccination schedule and required vaccines for different international destinations.

Tips For Staying Healthy

During your annual wellness exam, Debralee Frederick, MD, will discuss ways to keep you feeling your best. While every patient is different, there are a few steps you can take to keep your mind and body in tip-top shape:

  • Maintain a routine sleep schedule

  • Exercise regularly

  • Eat a balanced diet

  • Drink plenty of water


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