Proactive Health

QUICK GUIDE to HEALTH SCREENINGS

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. – Benjamin Franklin.

Knowing which health screening tests and preventative care measures are important is vital to maintaining optimal health. Rooks County Health Center (RCH) provides the expertise and innovative technology to perform health screening tests at your convenience, allowing you to stay close to home. Most tests are accomplished in less than an hour. From the latest digital mammography equipment to CT, MRI, DEXA Bone Density and nuclear medicine, RCH invests in cutting edge technology for early detection and diagnosis of potential health problems.

RCH strongly suggests you see your physician if you have symptoms of an illness. Screening tests are not intended to replace a doctor visit or diagnose medical disease. Any abnormal screening test findings should be discussed with your primary care provider.

SCREENINGS FOR MEN AND WOMEN:

  • Six Months and Over: Recommend annual flu vaccination.
  • Age 11 and Over: Tetanus vaccine at age 11 with booster recommended every 10 years. Meningitis vaccine at age 11 with a booster at age 16 before college. HPV vaccine (three doses) beginning at age 11.
  • Age 18: Blood pressure tested every two years if normal, or more often if risk factors or higher blood pressure at screening..
  • Age 20: Begin cholesterol testing. Follow doctor’s recommendation for frequency.
  • Age 20 and Over:
    • Pertussis booster once between the ages of 20 and 65 (given in combination with Tetanus).
    • Skin cancer screenings, as skin cancer can take up to 20 or more years to develop.
  • Age 45: Obtain blood sugar test every three years. Begin earlier and test more frequently if overweight.
  • Age 50: Begin annual testing for colorectal health. Options include hemoccult testing annually, FIT testing every 3 years, or colonoscopy every 10 years.
  • Age 60 and Over:
    • Eye examinations every year or every other year after age 65, more frequently if you have impaired vision.
    • Hearing tests once every three years.
    • Pneumococcal vaccine (both Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax) after age 65. (Sooner if you have pulmonary disease, diabetes or other chronic conditions affecting immune system.)

SCREENINGS FOR WOMEN:

  • Age 21: Pap Test/Pelvic Exam every one to three years until the age of 65, then follow your doctor’s recommendation.
  • Age 50: Schedule a baseline mammography test. Obtain a mammogram and clinical breast exams every other year. Follow the recommendation of your doctor regarding frequency. (Uninsured women over 40 may be eligible for free pap smears and women over 50 may be eligible for free mammograms. Further information available by calling the Rooks County Health Department in Stockton 785.425.7352.)
  • Age 60-65: If at high risk, bone density exams should begin at age 60, otherwise each 65 for average risk. Consideration is given to starting at menopause; follow doctor’s recommendation.

SCREENINGS FOR CHILDREN

From the early days of a child’s birth, staying in communication with a health care provider is important for your child’s wellness. Preventative care begins with monitoring and meeting regular developmental milestones.

  • Age 2-3 days: Wellness exam
  • Age 1 month: Wellness exam and vaccines
  • Age 2 months: Wellness exam and vaccines
  • Age 4 months: Wellness exam and vaccines
  • Age 6 months: Wellness exam and vaccines*
  • Age 9 months: Wellness exam
  • Age 1 year: Wellness exam and vaccines
  • Age 15 months: Wellness exam and vaccines
  • Age 18 months: Wellness exam and vaccines
  • Age 2: Wellness exam
  • Age 3: Wellness exam
  • Age 4: Wellness exam and vaccines
  • Age 5: Wellness exam
  • Age 6: Wellness exam
  • Age 7: Wellness exam
  • Age 8: Wellness exam
  • Age 9: Wellness exam
  • Age 10: Wellness exam
  • Age 11: Wellness exam and vaccines
  • Age 12 and over: Wellness exam every year until age 21.
*Influenza vaccine is recommended every year after the age of 6 months.

This schedule is a general guide. If a child’s vaccinations have been delayed, visit with your physician regarding catch-up schedules.

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