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Healthy Living and Preventive Medicine

We have developed a list of preventive services that can help you maintain optimum health. These recommendations are intended for generally healthy people and may be modified based on your personal or family health history. These recommendations are not a complete replacement for consultation with a clinician—discuss your individual needs with your healthcare provider.

We urge you to become informed, ask questions, become an active partner as we strive to improve your health.

Download a letter-sized flyer listing the following preventive medical guidelines.

Guidelines for Preventive Medical Services

  Age 18-39 Age 40-64 Age 65 & older
Cholesterol test

Every 5 years Every 5 years Every 5 years
Breast exam Every 3 years beginning at age 20

Yearly Yearly
PAP smear Begin screening by age 21 or 3 years after first intercourse. Yearly up to age 30. Every three years for women age 30 and up with normal PAP and negative HPV.

   
Mammogram   Baseline test at age 40, then every 1 to 2 years until age 50. Yearly at age 50 and up.

Yearly
Tobacco use If you are using tobacco, talk to your healthcare provider about how to stop

If you are using tobacco, talk to your healthcare provider about how to stop If you are using tobacco, talk to your healthcare provider about how to stop
Colonoscopy   Every 10 years at ages 50 to 75, or a colon-cancer stool screening yearly from ages 50 to 75. If stool screen is negative, a flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years.

Every 10 years at ages 50 to 75, or a colon-cancer stool screening yearly from ages 50 to 75. If stool screen is negative, a flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years.
Vaccinations     Influenza: Yearly

Influenza: Yearly Influenza: Yearly
Tetanus booster: every 10 years

Tetanus booster: every 10 years Tetanus booster: every 10 years
Meningococcal (meningitis): all young adults not previously immunized. 
All ages 11 to 18.
Pneumococcal: all adults in risk categories Pneumococcal: once after age 64. All adults in risk categories. Second dose recommended for those who received their first dose before age 65 (if five years since first dose).

Hepatitis B: all young adults not previously immunized. Anyone 18 years and younger. All adults 18 years or older in risk categories.

Hepatitis B: all adults not previously immunized. All adults 18 years or older in risk categories. Hepatitis B: all adults not previously immunized. All adults 18 years or older in risk categories.
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV): 3-dose series beginning at age 9 to age 26

Herpes zoster (shingles): 1 dose for adults age 60 and up Herpes zoster (shingles): 1 dose for adults age 60 and up