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on your health screenings.

It’s important to get a wellness checkup every year because many health conditions don’t cause symptoms until they’re serious. Most serious health conditions and diseases can be prevented or are easier to treat if you catch them early.

One of the most important things you can do to stay safe and healthy is to make sure you have the right information, at the right time. Healthcare providers are a great source of information. That’s why it’s important to find a doctor or healthcare provider you trust. You can create a strong partnership with your doctor or healthcare provider if you try to go to the same provider as much as possible.

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19 - 29 years old


Immunizations

Make sure you’re caught up on:

  • COVID-19 (Talk to your doctor to make sure you’re caught up.)
  • Hepatitis A (HepA)
  • Hepatitis B (Hep B)
  • Influenza (1 every year)
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Pneumococcal disease (PCV)

Wellness checkup

  • Get a wellness checkup with your doctor every year.
  • Start taking a vitamin that has at least 400 micrograms of folic acid (women).
  • Talk to your doctor about your mental health and how you’re feeling.

Screenings you need every year

  • Alcohol and substance use screening and counseling
  • Anxiety, depression, and mental health screening
  • Dental exam and xrays (every 6 months)
  • Diabetes screening (A1C test and a blood glucose test)
  • Eye checkup and vision screening
  • Family health history
  • Full body skin checkup to look for suspicious moles or skin lesions that could cause melanoma or other skin cancer
  • Hearing test
  • Heart health check (blood pressure, cholesterol, lipid screening) 
  • Interpersonal and domestic violence screening
  • Measurements of your height, weight, diet, and physical activity 
  • STI screening (chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis C, HIV)
  • Testicular exam (men)
  • Tobacco screening and counseling
  • Women’s health checkup (contraception screening, pelvic exam, urinary incontinence)

Screenings you need every 3 years

  • 19 years old Get screened for prediabetes. Get screened again in 3 years.
  • 21 years old Get a pap test. Get screened again in 3 years.
    *You need a pelvic exam every year, but most women only need a pap test every 3 years, unless you are at higher-risk and your doctor tells you to get screened more often.

Other health screenings or health behaviors you need to start at this age:  

  • In your 20s Get your cholesterol checked 1 time between 20-29 years, then wait until age 35 to get checked again.


30 - 39 years old


Immunizations

Make sure you’re caught up on:

  • COVID-19 (Talk to your doctor to make sure you’re caught up.)
  • Hepatitis A (HepA)
  • Hepatitis B (Hep B)
  • Influenza (1 every year)
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Pneumococcal disease (PCV) 

Wellness checkup

  • Get a wellness checkup with your doctor every year.
  • Start taking a vitamin that has at least 400 micrograms of folic acid (women).
  • Talk to your doctor about your mental health and how you’re feeling.

Screenings you need every year

  • Alcohol and substance use screening and counseling
  • Anxiety, depression, and mental health screening
  • Dental exam and xrays (every 6 months)
  • Diabetes screening (A1C test and a blood glucose test)
  • Eye checkup and vision screening
  • Family health history
  • Full body skin checkup to look for suspicious moles or skin lesions that could cause melanoma or other skin cancer
  • Hearing test
  • Heart health check (blood pressure, cholesterol, lipid screening) 
  • Interpersonal and domestic violence screening
  • Measurements of your height, weight, diet, and physical activity 
  • STI screening (chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis C, HIV)
  • Testicular exam (men)
  • Tobacco screening and counseling
  • Women’s health checkup (contraception screening, pelvic exam, urinary incontinence)

Screenings you need every 3 years

  • Pap test (women)
  • Prediabetes. 

Other health screenings or health behaviors you need to start at this age:

  • 35 years old Start getting your cholesterol checked every year.


40 - 64 years old


Immunizations

Make sure you’re caught up on:

  • COVID-19 (Talk to your doctor to make sure you’re caught up.)
  • Hepatitis A (HepA)
  • Hepatitis B (Hep B)
  • Influenza (1 every year)
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Pneumococcal disease (PCV) 
  • Shingles or recombinant zoster (called Shingrix) at age 50

Wellness checkup

  • Get a wellness checkup with your doctor every year.
  • Start taking a vitamin that has at least 400 micrograms of folic acid (women).
  • Talk to your doctor about your mental health and how you’re feeling.

Screenings you need every year

  • Alcohol and substance use screening and counseling
  • Anxiety, depression, and mental health screening
  • Dental exam and xrays (every 6 months)
  • Diabetes screening (A1C test and a blood glucose test)
  • Eye checkup and vision screening
  • Family health history
  • Full body skin checkup to look for suspicious moles or skin lesions that could cause melanoma or other skin cancer
  • Hearing test
  • Heart health check (blood pressure, cholesterol, lipid screening) 
  • Interpersonal and domestic violence screening
  • Measurements of your height, weight, diet, and physical activity 
  • STI screening (chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis C, HIV)
  • Testicular exam (men)
  • Tobacco screening and counseling
  • Women’s health checkup (contraception screening, pelvic exam, urinary incontinence)

Screenings you need every 3 years

  • Pap test (women)
  • Prediabetes

Other health screenings or health behaviors you need to start at this age:  

  • 40 years old get a fasting blood glucose test. Get screened every year.
  • 40 years old get a mammogram (women). Get screened every year.
  • 45 years old get a colonoscopy. Get screened every 10 years. You may need to get screened earlier if you have a family history of colon cancer.
  • 50 years old If you smoke or were a smoker for 30 years or more get screened for lung cancer.
  • 50 years old Talk to your doctor to find out if you should get screened for prostate cancer (men).

65 years and older


Immunizations

Make sure you’re caught up on:

  • COVID-19 (Talk to your doctor to make sure you’re caught up.)
  • Hepatitis A (HepA)
  • Hepatitis B (Hep B)
  • Influenza (1 every year)
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Pneumococcal disease (PCV) 
  • Shingles or recombinant zoster (called Shingrix)

Wellness checkup

Screenings you need every year

  • Alcohol and substance use screening and counseling
  • Anxiety, depression, and mental health screening
  • Dental exam and xrays (every 6 months)
  • Diabetes screening (A1C test, blood glucose test, and fasting blood glucose)
  • Eye checkup and vision screening
  • Family health history
  • Full body skin checkup to look for suspicious moles or skin lesions that could cause melanoma or other skin cancer
  • Hearing test
  • Heart health check (blood pressure, cholesterol, lipid screening) 
  • Interpersonal and domestic violence screening
  • Mammogram (women)
  • Measurements of your height, weight, diet, and physical activity 
  • STI screening (chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis C, HIV)
  • Testicular exam (men)
  • Tobacco screening and counseling
  • Women’s health checkup (contraception screening, pelvic exam, urinary incontinence)

Screenings you need every 3 years

  • Pap test (women)
  • Prediabetes

Screenings you need every 10 years

  • Colonoscopy. You may need to be screened more often if you have a family history of colon cancer.

Other health screenings or health behaviors you need to start at this age:

  • Brain health checkup (to check for early signs of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia).
  • Falls risk assessment.
  • Have someone check your home and make sure there aren’t things that could make you trip and fall.
  • Have someone do a check up on the medicines and vitamins you take. 
    • Make sure you know what you’re taking and what it’s for, and any side effects or possible interactions with other medicines. 
    • Call your doctor right away if you feel different than normal after taking new medicine or vitamins.
  • Osteoporosis check at age 65 (women)
  • Osteoporosis check at age 70 (men)