Health Checklist

Adult Health - for Ages 18 and Over

Preventive care is very important for adults. By making some good basic health choices, women and men can boost their own health and well-being. Some of these positive choices include: 

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Get regular exercise
  • Don't use tobacco products
  • Limit alcohol use
  • Strive for a healthy weight

 

Adult Recommendations

Screenings

 
Physical Exam     
 Every year, or as directed by your doctor.
Body Mass Index (BMI)           Every year.
 Blood Pressure (BP)   At least every two years. 
Colon Cancer Screening  Beginning at age 50 — colonoscopy every 10 years, or flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years, or fecal blood test annually. 
Diabetes Screening Those with high blood pressure or high cholesterol should be screened. Others, especially those who are overweight or have a close family history of diabetes, should consider being screened.

 

Immunizations

 

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (TD/Tdap) Get Tdap vaccine once, then a Td booster every 10 years.
Influenza (Flu)  Every year.
Herpes Zoster (Shingles)   One does given at age 60 and over, regardless of whether you had a prior episode of shingles. 
Varicella (Chicken Pox)  Two doses if no evidence of immunity. 
Pneumococcal (Pneumonia) Both types of vaccine recommended at age 65 or older. Number of doses of each depend on indication.
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) One or two doses for adults ages 18–59 if no evidence of immunity.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)  Three doses for women ages 19–26 if not already given. Three doses for men ages 19–21 if not already given.*
Hepatitis A  Two or three doses for adults age 19 and over.**
Hepatitis B  Three doses for adults ages 19 and over.**

 

Women's Health 

Women have their own unique health care needs. To stay well, they should make regular screenings a priority. Women should discuss the recommendations listed on the chart with their doctors. 

 Mammogram Every year for women beginning at age 40.*
 Cholesterol Ages 30–35 should be tested if at high risk. Women age 45 and over should be tested.
 Pap Test Women ages 21–65: Pap test every three years. Another option for ages 30–65: Pap test and HPV test every five years. Women who have had a hysterectomy or are over age 65 may not need a Pap test.*
 Osteoporosis  Beginning age 65, or at age 60 if risk factors are present.*
 Aspirin Use  At ages 50–79, talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of aspirin use.
 Pelvic Exam  Every year for ages 21 and over.*
 Folic Acid  Women planning/capable of pregnancy should take a daily supplement containing .4–.8 mg of folic acid for prevention of neural tube defects.

 

Men's Health 

Men are encouraged to get care as needed and make smart choices. That includes following a healthy lifestyle and getting recommended preventive care services. Men should discuss with their doctors the recommendations shown below. 

Cholesterol Ages 20–35 should be tested if at high risk. Men age 35 and over should be tested. 
Prostate Cancer Screening Ages 50 and over, discuss the benefits and risks of screening with your doctor.*
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Once between ages 65 and 75 if you have ever smoked. 
Aspirin Use At ages 50–79, talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of aspirin use.

 

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* Recommendations may vary. Discuss screening options with your doctor, especially if you are at increased risk.

 

Sources: American Cancer Society, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. These are independent agencies that provide health information on behalf of BlueChoice HealthPlan.