(HealthDay News) -- Regular medical checkups are essential to stay healthy and prevent illness.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says here's how you should prepare for your next checkup:

  • Review your family health history.
  • Go over the recommended schedule of screenings and vaccines to see if you are due.
  • Jot down a list of questions, issues or symptoms you would like to discuss with your doctor.
  • Think about any plans for lifestyle changes or possible medical procedures, such as stopping smoking or infertility treatments. Be prepared to review these plans with your doctor.