Preventive Healthcare

The best way to prevent illness and to catch conditions in early stages is to regularly visit your doctor.

Most health insurance plans must fully cover a set preventive care, making life-saving screenings and services free to most patients.

Recommended Check Ups

We recommend regular health check ups of at least the following frequency for each age and gender.

  • Infants at 5-7 days, 2 weeks and at 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24 and 30 months of age
  • Children ages 3 through 12—yearly
  • Adolescents ages 13 through 18—every 2 years
  • Women who are sexually active and/or age 19 and older—yearly
  • Men ages 10 through 39—every 2 to 3 years
  • Men age 40 and older—every 1 to 2 years

Preventive Tests

These tests are recommended on a prescribed basis for all healthy adults to screen for the following diseases. The following screenings are preventive in nature and covered by most insurance plans. Contact your insurance provider for exact coverage information.

Read our preventive health guidelines in English or in Spanish.

Beginning Age Screening Frequency
21 Pap smear screening for cervical cancer Every 3-5 years
35 Cholesterol Every 5 years

Regular clinical breast exams

Mammograms to screen for breast cancer


Every 1-2 years


Fasting blood sugar to screen for diabetes

Every 3 years


Basic stool test for colon cancer

Cologuard (genetic stool test) for colon cancer



Every 3 years

Every 10 years


Bone densitometry for osteoporosis, women

Every 2 years, as needed

Other Adult Tests as Appropriate

Age (if applicable) Screening
Any Ultrasensitive C-reactive protein screening, marker of higher risk for heart attack; EKG, stress test for heart disease
Born between 1945-1965 Hepatitis C screening
Men ages 55-70 PSA blood test for prostate cancer
Men ages 65-75 with history of smoking Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening
Sexually active individuals STDs/STIs such as HIV gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, etc.


Age Vaccination
All Influenza (yearly)
Those without history of vaccination Chickenpox (2 doses), MMR (1-2 doses), Meningitis (1-3 doses), Tetanus diphtheria and whooping cough (1 dose)
Adults, as needed Hepatitis A (2 doses), Hepatitis B (3 doses)
Up to age 45 HPV (3 doses over a 24 week period)
50+ Shingles (2 doses)
65+ Pneumonia (1 dose)

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