Adult Wellness Visits, Screenings, and Immunizations


You can take charge of your health by staying current on well-care visits, screenings, and immunizations. Your primary care physician will help you stay on track by sending annual reminders about your upcoming screenings around the time of your birthday. Our goal is to help you live a healthier and happier life through preventive care.

During your well-care visit, you and your doctor will discuss how to improve your health and prevent disease. You may receive recommended tests or immunizations during your visit, or you may need to schedule separate appointments.

Depending on your health and personal risk factors, your preventive care schedule may differ from the standard recommendations. Talk with your doctor about a schedule that's best for you. If you have particular risk factors like a chronic disease, obesity, or a family history of a disease, additional screenings may be recommended.

Women's Schedules

Women 18 to 21

Wellness Schedule Screening
Schedule
Immunization
Schedule
Wellness visit every year

(Fill out a questionnaire)
First Pap test for sexually active women starting at age 21.

Chlamydia test every year for sexually active women through age 24.

HIV test one time during adulthood (through age 64).
Tetanus-diphtheria every 10 years.**

Flu vaccine every year.

Women 22 to 49

Wellness Schedule Screening
Schedule
Immunization
Schedule
Wellness visit at least once every 4 years

(Fill out a questionnaire)
Pap test every 3 years through age 29. Starting at age 30, on a 3 or 5 year schedule depending on personal testing schedule.

Chlamydia test every year for sexually active women through age 24.*

HIV test one time during adulthood (through age 64).

Mammogram: There are risks and benefits in starting breast cancer screening before age 50. Talk with your doctor. Women who wish to begin screening at age 40 can self-refer to a mammogram location.

Cholesterol check every 5 years, beginning at age 45.

Blood pressure check every 2 years.

Hepatitis C test one time during adulthood if you were born 1945-1965.
Tetanus-diphtheria every 10 years.**

Flu vaccine every year.

Women 50 to 64

Wellness Schedule Screening
Schedule
Immunization
Schedule
Wellness visit every 2 years

(Fill out a questionnaire)
Cholesterol check every 5 years.

Blood pressure check every 2 years.

Colon cancer screening: talk with your doctor about the best method for you.

HIV test one time during adulthood (through age 64).

Pap test every 3 or 5 years, depending on personal testing schedule.

Mammogram every 1-2 years, based on risk factors for breast cancer.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (aaa) screening: One-time screening for women aged 55-75 who have a family history of aaa (parent, brother, or sister) and smoked 100 cigarettes or more in their lifetime.

Hepatitis C test one time during adulthood if you were born 1945-1965.
Tetanus-diphtheria every 10 years.**

Flu vaccine every year.

Shingles vaccine once in a lifetime for ages 60 and older (not for persons who are immune suppressed).

Women 65 and older

Wellness Schedule Screening
Schedule
Immunization
Schedule
Wellness visit every year

(Fill out a questionnaire)
Cholesterol check every 5 years through age 79; after age 79, discuss with your doctor.

Blood pressure check every year.

Vision and hearing checks every year.

Colon cancer screening: talk with your doctor about the best method for you. Women aged 75 and older, regular screening isn't generally recommended. If you wish to continue screening, talk with your doctor.

Mammogram every 1-2 years based on risk for breast cancer. Women aged 75 and older, discuss optional screening with your doctor.

Bone density test: recommended for women aged 65 and older.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (aaa) screening: One-time screening for women aged 55-75 who have a family history of aaa (parent, brother, or sister) and smoked 100 cigarettes or more in their lifetime.

Hepatitis C test one time during adulthood if you were born 1945-1965.
Tetanus-diphtheria every 10 years.**

Pneumococcal vaccine one time for ages 65 and older.

Flu vaccine every year.

Shingles vaccine once in a lifetime for ages 60 and older (not for persons who are immune suppressed).

Men's Schedules

Men 18 to 21

Wellness Schedule Screening
Schedule
Immunization
Schedule
Wellness visit every year

(Fill out a questionnaire)
HIV test one time during adulthood (through age 64). Tetanus-diphtheria every 10 years.**

Flu vaccine every year.

Men 22 to 49

Wellness Schedule Screening
Schedule
Immunization
Schedule
Wellness visit at least once every 4 years

(Fill out a questionnaire)
Blood pressure check every 2 years.

Cholesterol check every 5 years, beginning at age 35.

HIV test one time during adulthood (through age 64).

Hepatitis C test one time during adulthood if you were born 1945-1965.
Tetanus-diphtheria every 10 years.**

Flu vaccine every year.

Men 50 to 64

Wellness Schedule Screening
Schedule
Immunization
Schedule
Wellness visit every 2 years

(Fill out a questionnaire)
Cholesterol check every 5 years.

Blood pressure check every 2 years.

HIV test one time during adulthood (through age 64).

Colon cancer screening: talk with your doctor about the best method for you.

Discuss prostate cancer screening with your doctor.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (aaa) screening: One-time screening for men aged 55-64 who have a family history of aaa (parent, brother, or sister).

Hepatitis C test one time during adulthood if you were born 1945-1965.
Tetanus-diphtheria every 10 years.**

Flu vaccine every year.

Shingles vaccine once in a lifetime for ages 60 and older (not for persons who are immune suppressed).

Men 65 and older

Wellness Schedule Screening
Schedule
Immunization
Schedule
Well-care visit every year

(Fill out a questionnaire)
Cholesterol check every 5 years through age 79; after age 79, discuss with your doctor.

Blood pressure check every year

Vision and hearing checks every year.

Colon cancer screening: talk with your doctor about the best method for you. Men aged 75 and older, regular screening isn't generally recommended. If you wish to continue screening, talk with your doctor.

Prostate cancer screening: discuss with your doctor.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening (aaa): One-time screening for men aged 65 and older who have a family history of aaa (parent, brother, or sister) or who smoked 100 cigarettes or more in their lifetime.

Hepatitis C test one time during adulthood if you were born 1945-1965.
Tetanus-diphtheria every 10 years.**

Pneumococcal vaccine one time for ages 65 and older.

Flu vaccine every year.

Shingles vaccine once in a lifetime for ages 60 and older (not for persons who are immune suppressed).

*Women aged 25 and older who are at high risk for sexually transmitted infections (SDIs), also called sexually transmitted disease, should consider being tested for chlamydia. Ask your doctor what screening schedule is best for you. If you're pregnant, talk to your doctor about the need for chlamydia testing.

**Once in a lifetime, everyone 11 years of age and older should get a tetanus-diphtheria (Td) booster that contains pertussis (Tdap).

Coverage may vary by plan. To check your benefits, refer to your coverage agreement or contact Customer Service.

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Clinical review by Travis Abbott, MD
Group Health
Reviewed 05/30/2014