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Preventative Care Recommendations

The United States Preventative Services Taskforce recommends the following schedule of preventative care.

Depression Screening


Influenza Vaccine

Recommended yearly to all patients over the age of 6 months, who are not allergic to the ingredients in the vaccine.  Influenza kills over 30,000 people in the United States every year.  Get your flu shot.

Breast Cancer

Mammograms recommended every 1 - 2 years for women age 40 years and older, with or without a clinical breast examination.

Cervical Cancer

Pap smear is recommended every 3 years for women aged 21 - 65.  For women ages 30 - 65 who want to lengthen the screening interval, screening with a combination of Pap smear and HPV testing every 5 years is recommended.

Colon Cancer

Screening should start at age 50 and continue until age 75, every 3-10 years, depending upon results of previous screening.  Individuals with a primary relative with colon cancer should start their screening at age 40, or 10 years earlier than the age of the individual when they acquired colon cancer.

Lung Cancer

Annual screening is recommended for adults aged 55 - 80 who have a 30-year, pack-per-day smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the last 15 years.  Screening should be discontinued once a person has not smoked for 15 years.


A Dexa Scan is recommended for women age 65 years and older, and in younger women whose fracture risk is equal to, or greater than, that of a 65-year-old white woman who has no additional risk factors.


Screening for abnormal blood glucose as part of cardiovascular risk assessment is recommended in adults aged 40 - 70 years who are overweight or obese.

Pneumococcal Vaccine

This 2-shot series is recommended for all adults 65 years and older.

Shingles Vaccine (Herpes Zoster)

The 2-shot Shingrix Vaccine series is recommended for all adults age 50 and older, even those who received the older 1-shot vaccination (Zostavax) or had shingles.

Tetanus/Diptheria Vaccination

Adults should receive a single dose of TD every 10 years.

Hepatitis C

Screening for Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) is recommended for in persons at high risk for infection.  One-time screenings for HCV infection are recommended for adults born between 1945 and 1965.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

One-time ultrasound recommended for men ages 65-75 who have ever smoked.

Prostate Cancer

For patients at average risk, screening is no longer recommended for prostate cancer.

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