Regular health exams, tests, and immunizations can help your primary care physician to identify any potential issues that require added attention. It's your physician’s goal to find them before they progress and develop into life-threatening problems. When you get the right annual screenings at the right times in your life, you are taking necessary steps towards self-care, steps that can help you stay healthy and live a longer life.
|Types of exam or Screening||Ages 18-39||Ages 40-49||Ages 50-64||Ages 65+|
|BLOOD SUGAR||After age 45, every 3 years||Every 3 years||every 3 years|
|CHOLESTEROL||Every 5 Years*
More often for smokers, diabetic, or a family history of heart disease
|Every 5 Years||Every 5 Years||Every 5 Years|
|COLONOSCOPY||-||After age 45, every 10 years||Every 10 years||Every 10 years|
|DENTAL EXAM||Every 6 to 12 months||Every 6 to 12 months||Every 6 to 12 months||Every 6 to 12 months|
|HUMAN PAPILLOMA VIRUS (HPV) VACCINE||Between ages 11 & 26||-||-||-|
|LUNG CANCER||-||-||For people who have a history of heavy smoking, and smoke now or have quit within the past 15 years and are between 50 and 80 years old.||-|
|PNEUMOCOCCAL VACCINE||-||-||-||After 65, one to two doses|
|SKIN AND MOLE SELF-EXAM||Monthly||Monthly||Monthly||Monthly|
|SKIN AND MOLE EXAM BY PHYSICAN||Every 3 Years||Annually||Annually||Annually|
|TETANUS, DIPHTHERIA, PERTUSSIS (Tdap or Td)||Once every 10 years 1 dose Tdap each pregnancy; 1 dose Td/Tdap for wound management||-||-||-|
|ZOSTER RECMOBINANT (RZV)||-||-||Once||-|
|MAMMOGRAM||Starting at age 35, every 1 to 2 years||Every 1 to 2 years||Annually||Annually|
|PROSTATE-SPECIFIC ANTIGEN TEST||-||-||Annually||Annually|
For more information, recommendations, and special situations, please visit the CDC website here.
The above suggested guidelines assumes the patient is a healthy individual, please consult your physician before requesting any screenings or immunizations.
ACIP recommends use of COVID-19 vaccines for everyone ages 12 and older within the scope of the Emergency Use Authorization for the particular vaccine. COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines may be administered on the same day. See the COVID-19 Vaccine Information page for additional information about COVID-19 vaccines.
When it comes to your checkups, there are many myths keeping people from visiting their primary care physician (PCP). But the fact is, you deserve to be certain about your health. Here are common reasons why people skip their annual checkups, and why you shouldn’t.
I FEEL FINE; THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH ME.
With many conditions, like high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes, you may not feel any significant symptoms early on. But these “silent” medical problems can lead to serious health consequences if not detected early. Routine screenings, including for breast, prostate and colon cancer, can improve chances of detecting cancer early on, when it’s most treatable.
I’M YOUNG; I DON’T NEED ANNUAL EXAMS YET.
Genetic predispositions, unhealthy lifestyle habits and obesity can lead to serious health problems at any age. By starting young with your annual physical exams, you can start building a trusting relationship with your primary care physician, who can help you manage any potential health problems down the road.
I’M BUSY; I DON’T HAVE TIME TO SEE MY DOCTOR.
Not finding the time for an annual preventive exam, or to monitor existing conditions, could lead to spending even more time, and money, for advanced treatment down the road. It’s also usually easier to get an appointment as an established patient. You don’t want to wait until you really need a doctor to have to Find a Doctor.
Who Should Get a Flu Shot?
The short answer: Anyone over the age of 6 months.
We’re glad you asked. Some of the populations that many assume shouldn’t get a flu shot actually have a higher risk of developing life-threatening complications from the flu. Pregnant women, children under 5, adults over 65, and people with chronic medical conditions are the most vulnerable, but serious health issues caused by the flu can happen to anyone. Our experts make protecting yourself and your family as easy as scheduling a next day appointment.
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