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Screenings for Women

Test/Vaccine

How Often

Blood Pressure

Every 2 years - 18 years of age and older

Body Mass Index (BMI)

Periodically - 18 years of age and older

Cholesterol

Every 5 years - men 35 years of age and older; adult women if at risk for coronary artery disease

Mammogram

Every 1 to 2 years - women 40 years of age and older

Cervical Cancer*

Every 1 to 2 years** - Beginning at 21 years of age or earlier if sexually active; if 30 years of age and older, either a Pap smear every 2 to 3 years after 3 consecutive normal results or HPV DNA test plus a Pap smear every 3 years if results of both tests are negative. Women 70 years of age and older may stop screening. Talk with your physician to discuss the method of screening that is right for you.

Colorectal cancer

Between 50-75 years of age - yearly screening with high sensitivity fecal occult blood testing, OR sigmoidoscopy every 5 years with high-sensitivity fecal occult blood testing every 3 years, OR colonoscopy every 10 years. Talk with your doctor about what type of screening is right for you and any benefits of screening over 75 years of age.

Osteoporosis (bone density test)

Routinely - women age 65 and older

Depression

Routinely - 18 years of age and older

Alcohol Misuse

Routinely - 18 years of age and older

Tobacco Use

Routinely - 18 years of age and older

Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Td/Tdap)

One dose Td every 10 years - 19 years of age and older; for 19-64 years of age, substitute a single dose of Td booster with Tdap

Zoster

One dose - 60 years of age and older

Influenza

Every flu season****

Pneumococcal

One dose - 65 years of age and older

The preventive health screenings are based on the recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) as of 3/13/09. The vaccine recommendations are based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as of 3/13/09. Recommendations change often. A full list of the most current recommendations may be accessed at these websites.

* Based on the breast cancer screening recommendations of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as of 2/1/10

** Cervical cancer screening recommendations are based on the American Cancer Society guidelines as of 3/13/09.

*** Every two years when using newer liquid-based Pap test.

**** The 2010-2011 seasonal vaccine includes protection from H1N1.

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