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Helpful Tips

  • Get recommended preventive services including screening tests and immunizations. Recommendations for preventive services depend on your age, sex, health status, and family history. Find out which screening tests and immunizations are recommended for you.

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  • Every person is different. Refer to the Web sites below to see which preventive services are recommended for you, based on your age, sex, health status, and family history. Talk with your health care team about the recommendations that are right for you.
  • Screening means looking for a condition before there are any signs or symptoms of that condition. If you already have a symptom of the condition, you should talk with your provider about it, even if you were recently screened and no problem was found.
  • All preventive services have possible benefits (pros) and harms (cons). Depending on your values and preferences about these benefits and harms, you may wish to receive additional, fewer, or different services from those that are recommended.
  • Most Veterans, regardless of age, gender, health status and family history, should be screened for alcohol abuse, depression, high blood pressure, HIV, military sexual trauma, obesity, PTSD, and tobacco use. Most Veterans should receive a flu shot every year and tetanus shot once every 10 years.
  • If you are a woman who is considering pregnancy, it is important to check with your health care team to be sure you are up-to-date with immunizations. For example, Tdap immunization is now recommended during every pregnancy to protect the infant.

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If you have questions or interest in making a healthy living change, please see your primary care team at the VA facility in which you receive health care.

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  • Clinical Preventive Service: A service delivered in the clinical setting for the primary prevention of disease, or for the early detection of disease in persons with no symptoms of the target condition, with the goal of preventing or minimizing future morbidity and mortality. Clinical preventive services typically include: screening tests (for infectious diseases; cancers; heart and vascular diseases; injury and violence; mental health conditions and substance abuse; metabolic, nutritional, endocrine, musculoskeletal, obstetric, and gynecological conditions; and vision disorders), immunizations, health behavior counseling, and preventive medications.
  • Screening: An examination or testing of a person with no symptoms of the target condition to detect disease at an early stage when treatment may be more effective, or to detect risk factors for disease or injury.
  • Health Behavior Counseling: A variety of individualized communication techniques and strategies used by health professionals to engage patients in the process of making health behavior changes to prevent disease, promote health, and enhance the quality of life.
  • Immunization: The administration of vaccines, toxoids, or immunoglobulins with the goal of protecting susceptible patients from vaccine-preventable diseases.
  • Preventive medications, substances, or devices: Drug products or other substances used by a person who is not known to have the target condition, with the goal of preventing future morbidity and mortality. This includes selected prevention supplies or commodities, such as condoms.

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Source Documents

  1. Men: Stay Healthy at 50+- Checklists for Your Health. AHRQ 2014;
    http://www.ahrq.gov/ppip/men50.htm, 14-IP009-A.
  2. Women: Stay Healthy at 50+-Checklists for Your Health. AHRQ 2014;
    http://www.ahrq.gov/ppip/women50.htm
    , 14-IP002-A.
  3. Men: Stay Healthy at Any Age- Your Checklist for Health. AHRQ 2014;
    http://www.ahrq.gov/ppip/healthymen.htm, 14-IP006-A.
  4. Women: Stay Healthy at Any Age- Your Checklist for Health. AHRQ 2014;
    http://www.ahrq.gov/ppip/healthywom.htm, 14-IP007-A.