Preventive care guidelines:

Important information about these guidelines

  • These are general health screening guidelines for commonly used preventive tests and services. Talk to your doctor about what is appropriate for you.
  • They may not reflect the specific services or all of the health screenings you may require based on your individual health risks as recommended by your doctor.
  • Scheduling an annual checkup and talking with your doctor will provide the most effective source of information about your health.

Services you might have at a wellness exam:

Check your benefit plan document for coverage information. Certain services may not apply to you.

Screenings
Type Purpose Notes
Age appropriate well child examination Assess general health and potential health risks, determine immunization needs.
Well examinations, Well woman visit Assess general health and potential health risks, determine immunization needs.
Blood Pressure Screening Detection of high blood pressure. Certain patients may also require ambulatory blood pressure measurements outside of a clinical setting. Check with your doctor.
Cervical Cancer Screening (Pap Smear) Early detection of cervical cancer.
Cholesterol Screening Assess cholesterol level. Recommended for those who have one or more cardiovascular disease risk factors.
Colorectal Cancer Screening Early detection of colon cancer. Ask your doctor about screening methods and intervals.
Contraception Methods Assessment of contraception methods with counseling information and discussion regarding options about reproductive health.
Depression Screening For all adults in a primary care setting to assess depression.
Diabetes Screening Early detection of diabetes or prediabetes in persons who are overweight or obese.
Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Screening Early detection of diabetes or prediabetes.
Hearing Screening Assess normal development and identify any hearing issues.
Height and Weight Screening Assess normal development and general health.
Height and Weight Screening Assess risks of obesity. Certain patients may need nutritional counseling.
Hepatitis B Virus Infection Screening Assess persons at high risk for Hepatitis B infection.
Hepatitis C Virus Infection Screening Assess risk for Hepatitis C infection for persons born between 1945- 1965 or persons at high risk.
Mammography Screening Early detection of breast cancer.
Oral Health Risk Assessment Assess dental development and early detection of dental problems.
Osteoporosis Screening Early detection for bone fracture risk.
Sexually Transmtted Diseases (HPV, Syphilis, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea screening) Assess risk for Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) infections.
Vision screening for children under age 6. Early detection of vision problems and diseases of the eye.
Immunizations
Type Frequency Purpose Notes
Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine (Dtal < 7 years) Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule for your child. Protection from diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis.
Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine (Dtal < 7 years) Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule for your child. Protection from diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis.
Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) vaccine Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule for your child. Protection from Haemophilus Influenza b which causes meningitis
Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) vaccine Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule for your child. Protection from Haemophilus Influenza b which causes meningitis
Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) vaccine Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule. Protection from Haemophilus Influenza b which causes meningitis.
Hepatitis A (HepA) vaccine Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule for your child. Protection from hepatitis A virus.
Hepatitis A vaccine Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule. Protection from Hepatitis A virus.
Hepatitis B (Hep-B) vaccine Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule for your child. Protection from Hepatitis B virus which may cause liver disease.
Hepatitis B vaccine Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule. Protection from Hepatitis B virus.
Human Papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule for your child. Protection from Human Papillomavirus.
Human Papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) 2 or 3 doses may be administered for ages 19-26 with physician's discretion. Protection from Human Papillomavirus.
Influenza vaccine 1 dose annually all ages Protection from catching/transmitting flu virus.
Influenza vaccine (IIV) Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule for your child. Protection from catching / transmitting seasonal flu virus.
IPV (inactivated polio vaccine <18 years Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule for your child. Protection from polio virus which could cause loss of mobility.
IPV (inactivated polio vaccine <18 years Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule for your child. Protection from polio virus which could cause loss of mobility.
Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule for your child. Protection from measles, mumps and rubella (German measles).
Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule. Protection from measles, mumps and rubella (German measles).
Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule for your child. Protection from measles, mumps and rubella (German measles).
Meningococcal (MenACWY or MPSV4) vaccine
Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule for your child. Protection from meningococcal disease (bacterial meningitis).
Meningococcal (MenACWY or MPSV4) vaccine
Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule for your child. Protection from meningococcal disease (bacterial meningitis).
Meningococcal (MenACWY or MPSV4) vaccine
Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule. Protection from meningococcal disease (bacterial meningitis).
Meningococcal B (MenB) vaccine Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule for your child. Protection from meningococcal disease (bacterial meningitis).
Meningococcal B (MenB) vaccine Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule. Protection from meningococcal disease (bacterial meningitis).
Pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate (PCV-13) vaccine Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule. Protection from pneumonia, blood infection and other serious bacterial infections caused by the pneumococcus bacteria.
Pediatric Pneumococcal Polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule for your child. Protection from pneumococcal infections (meningitis, pneumonia, blood and ear infection).
Pneumococcal Polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) vaccine Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule. Protection from pneumonia, blood infection and other serious bacterial infections caused by the pneumococcus bacteria.
Pneumococcal Conjugate vaccine (PCV13) Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule for your child. Protection from pneumococcal infections (meningitis, pneumonia, blood and ear infections).
Pneumococcal Conjugate vaccine (PCV13) Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule for your child. Protection from pneumococcal infections (meningitis, pneumonia, blood and ear infections).
Rotavirus vaccine - (RV) (RV1) (RV5) Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule for your child. Protection from virus that causes severe diarrhea.
Td /Tdap vaccine Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule. Protection from diphtheria and tetanus.
Tetanus, Diphtheria & acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap > 7 years) Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule for your child. Protection from diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis.
Varicella (VAR) vaccine Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule for your child. Protection from chicken pox
Varicella (VAR) vaccine Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule for your child. Protection from chicken pox
Varicella (VAR) vaccine 2 doses for those susceptible with lack of immunity. Protection from chicken pox.
Zoster (HZV) Check with your doctor to confirm vaccine schedule. Protection from shingles.

Talk with your doctor about your checklist

  • Make a list of your concerns.
  • Make notes about any changes in your health.
  • Ask about anything you’re unsure about.
  • Take information with you, including prescriptions, medicines, vitamins, herbal remedies, supplements and names of other health care providers you see.

Footnotes

* Certain preventive care items and services, including immunizations, are provided as specified by applicable law, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and state law, with no cost-sharing to you. These services may be based on your age and other health factors. UnitedHealthcare also covers other routine services, where some plans  may require copayments, coinsurance or deductibles for these benefits. Always review your plan documents to determine your specific coverage.

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