Adults - Checkups and Vaccines

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Immunizations and screenings are easy to forget, yet they are a vital part of leading a healthy life. Use this list of important steps to keep on top of your health. Be happy. Stay healthy.

Women

Cervical Cancer Screening (Pap Smear): Every 3 years for women age 21-29 and every 5 years for women age 30-64. (May differ depending on your situation; consult your provider.)

Breast Cancer Screening: Mammograms yearly or every other year, beginning at age 40 or 50. (Consult your provider.)

Osteoporosis Screening: DXA scan once after age 65 or if high risk. (Consult your provider.)

Men

Prostate Cancer Screening: Discuss with your provider.

Abdominal Aneurysm Screening: Ultrasound once between ages 65 and 75 if a history of smoking.

Women and Men

Colon Cancer Screening: Preferred method—Colonoscopy every 10 years, beginning at age 50. Other acceptable methods—Fecal occult blood test every year AND flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years.

Cholesterol Testing: Beginning at age 20, every 1-5 years.

Diabetes Screening: Beginning at age 45, every 3 years. (Consult your provider.)

Immunizations:

  • Substitute Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) one time for adults, then tetanus and diphtheria (Td) booster every 10 years.
  • Flu shot every year.
  • Zoster (shingles) vaccine once at age 60 or above.
  • Pneumococcal (Pneumovax) vaccine at age 65 (earlier if recommended by your provider).

You can download our Health Maintenance Guidelines here:

  Health Maintenance Guidelines for Children and Adults