Preventive Screenings for Adults

Male patient talks to doctor about screeningsAre you up to date with the following adult preventive care recommendations?*

The United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) & Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends the following screenings and immunizations throughout your lifetime.*Recommendations are for healthy adults with no additional risk factors

The screenings and immunizations listed below are the minimum recommended by the USPSTF. Your doctor may make additional recommendations based on your personal/family medical history.

Ages 18-40 years

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 +)

Ages 40-50 years

Immunizations:

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

Women**:

  • Pap smear every 1-3 years
  • Cholesterol check

Men:

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

Ages 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
  • 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)

Ages 65+ years

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

  • Pneumovax

Asthma

  • Pneumovax
  • Influenza

Pregnant

  • Influenza

Diabetes, Chronic Heart Disease and Chronic Lung Disease

  • Pneumovax
  • Influneza
  • Shingles

**American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) recommend that women in their 40s continue mammography screening every one to two years and women age 50 or older continue annual screening.