Health Maintenance Guidelines
Ages 50 to 74
Wellness CheckCheck blood pressure, screen for healthy weight and assess overall health.
Screening TestsHIV/AIDS: Check between ages 15 and 65.
Hepatitis C: Check adults born between 1945 and 1965.
Colon Cancer: Preferred Screening Options — A colonoscopy every 10 years, a stool FIT* test every year or a sigmoidoscopy every 10 years with annual FIT testing. Other Options— A CT colonography every five years or a FIT/DNA test every three years.
*FIT= Fecal Immunochemical Test
ImmunizationsInfluenza (Flu): Yearly flu vaccine.
MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella): Adults ages 19 to 59 should have recorded in their chart at least one dose of the vaccine.
Tdap/Td (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis/Tetanus and Diphtheria): Adults younger than age 65 should receive a tetanus vaccine (Tdap or Td) every 10 years.
Zoster (Shingles): Vaccine for adults at age 60.
Pneumococcal (Pneumonia): At least two vaccinations (injections) one year apart beginning at age 65.
Men’s HealthCholesterol: Check every five years.
Prostate Cancer: Talk to your doctor about your risk. Regular screening is not recommended for men who have an average risk.
Women’s HealthCervical Cancer: Pap test with HPV screening every five years for all women ages 30 to 65.
Breast Cancer: Mammography every two years.
How to calculate your BMI:
> Underweight: Below 18.5
> Normal: 18.6 - 24.9
> Overweight: 25.0 - 29.9
> Obesity: 30.0 and Above
BMI = (Weight (pounds) divided by Height (inches)2) x 703
Weight Management Information & Calculator (MyLifeStages.org, opens to new window)
These guidelines may vary for patients on chronic medications or for patients with personal or family health risks.