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Adult preventive screenings and immunization recommendations

The US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends these screenings and immunizations throughout your lifetime.

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These recommendations are intended for healthy adults with no additional risk factors. The screenings and immunizations listed are the minimum recommended by the USPSTF. Your doctor may make additional recommendations based on your personal or family medical history.

Age 18-40

Immunizations

  • Diptheria Pertussis Tetanus booster
  • MMR (unless received as a child)

Women

  • Starting at age 21 Pap smear every 1-3 years (with Chlamydia screen for sexually active females under 25 years)
  • HPV vaccine series for women 26 years or less

Men

  • Cholesterol check (35 years +)

Age 40-50

Immunizations

  • Diptheria Pertussis Tetanus booster
  • MMR (unless received earlier)

Women

  • Pap smear every 1-3 years
  • Cholesterol check
  • The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American College of Radiology recommends that women in their 40s continue mammography screening every one to two years.

Men

45 years +
  • Start Aspirin daily (talk with your doctor first)
  • Cholesterol check

50-65 years

Immunizations

  • Diptheria Pertussis Tetanus booster
  • Annual flu vaccine
  • Shingles vaccine (one dose for people 60 years and older)

Women

  • Pap smear every 1-3years (until age 65 years unless risk factors are present)
  • Mammograms start at age 50 years & repeat every other year
    The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American College of Radiology recommend that women age 50 or older continue annual screening.
55 years +
  • Start aspirin daily (talk with your doctor first)

Men

45 years +
  • Start aspirin daily (talk with your doctor first)

Men and Women

  • Cholesterol Check
  • Colorectal screening (frequency depends on mode of testing)

Age 65+

Immunizations

  • Diptheria Tetanus booster
  • Annual flu vaccine
  • Pneumococcal vaccine
  • Shingles vaccine (if not received earlier)

Women

  • Mammogram every other year until 75 years of age
  • Bone density testing

Men and Women

  • Cholesterol Check
  • Colorectal screening (frequency depends on mode of testing – screen until 75 years of age)

Additional Immunizations

If you are in one of the categories below your doctor may also recommend the following immunizations.

Smokers or asthma sufferers
  • Pneumovax
  • Pneumovax
  • Influenza
Pregnant women
  • Influenza
Diabetes, chronic heart disease, chronic lung disease patients
  • Pneumovax
  • Influneza
  • Shingles