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Take Charge of Your Health Care 


Take Action!

Follow these steps to play an active role in your health care.

Keep track of important health information.
Keep all your health information in one place to make it easier to manage your health care. Take the information with you to every medical appointment.

To start your own personal health record, write down:

  • Your name, birth date, and blood type (ask your doctor or nurse if you don’t know)
  • The name and phone number of a friend or relative to call if there’s an emergency
  • Telephone numbers and addresses of places you go to for health care, including your pharmacy
  • Dates and results of checkups and screening tests
  • List of shots (and the dates you got them)
  • Medicines you take, how much you take, and why you take them
  • Any health conditions you have, including allergies
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