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Preventive Screening Tests and Immunizations

Preventive care is the key to good health! Below are general screening recommendations for women of average risk. Please speak with your health care provider about your personal and family history to personalize the timing of each test.

General Health

Schedule a full checkup, including height and weight. Ask your health care provider about health topics such as:

  • Overweight and obesity
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol use
  • Depression
  • Thyroid (TSH) testing
  • Skin and mole testing

Heart Health

  • Blood pressure at least every two years starting at age 18
  • Cholesterol test starting at age 20, then as directed by your health care provider

Reproductive Health

  • Pelvic exam yearly beginning at age 21. If sexually active under 21, discuss with your health care provider.
  • Pap test every two years starting at age 21; women 30 to 64 every three years; over 64 discuss with your health care provider.
  • Chlamydia test yearly until age 24 if sexually active. Age 25 and older, get this test if you have new or multiple partners.
  • Sexually transmitted infection (STI) tests, discuss with your health care provider
  • HIV test at least once to find out your status. Ask your health care provider if and when you need the test again.

Eye and Ear Health

  • Baseline eye exam at 40, then every two to four years or as your doctor advises. At age 55, every one to three years or as your doctor advises; 65 and older, every one to two years.
  • Hearing test every 10 years starting at age 19, then every three years starting at age 50

Breast Health

  • Breast clinical exam, discuss with your health care provider
  • Mammogram annually starting at age 40
  • To schedule a mammogram at Atrium’s Women’s Center, please call (513) 420-5222 or toll free at (800) 338-4057.

Oral Health

  • Routinely; discuss with your dentist about frequency.

Bone Health

  • Bone mineral density test as directed by your health care provider for ages 50-64; at least once starting at age 65, then as directed by your health care provider

Immunizations

Below is a list of immunizations you may need throughout your lifetime. Talk to your health care provider to find out which vaccines you need to stay healthy.

  • Influenza – every fall (or winter)
  • Pneumococcal Vaccine – If you smoke or have a chronic health problem, ask your health care provider if you need this vaccine. You need one dose at 65 (or older) if you have never been vaccinated. You may also need a second dose.
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Td, Tdap) Vaccine – Get a Td booster every 10 years. Ask if you need one dose of Tdap instead of Td booster to prevent whooping cough.
  • Hepatitis A and B Vaccines – Discuss with your health care provider if you need these vaccines.
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine – You need this vaccine if you are 26 years or younger and have not already completed the vaccine series.
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Vaccine – If you were born in 1957 or later and have not had at least one dose of MMR, ask your health care provider if you need this vaccine.
  • Varicella (chickenpox) Vaccine – If you have never had chickenpox or you have been vaccinated but only got one dose, ask your health care provider if you need this vaccine.
  • Meningococcal Vaccine – You need this vaccine if you are a young adult planning to live at college or if you have certain medical conditions. Discuss with your health care provider.
  • Zoster (shingles) Vaccine – Starting at age 60, you need a single does of this vaccine.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health Off Site Icon, current as of February, 2011.

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