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Get Recommended Screening Tests and Immunizations for Men

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) aims to help you stay healthy. The table below lists the preventive health services (screening tests, medications, health counseling, and vaccines) that VHA recommends.

Screening tests are used to look for health conditions before there are symptoms. These recommendations apply only to adult men of average risk. You are a man of average risk if you have no personal or family history or symptoms of the conditions listed below. If you are having symptoms of a condition, please talk with your provider. Guidance specific to women can be found on the screening and immunizations for women page.

Preventive Care Recommendation Charts

Preventive Health Service

18-29 yrs.

30-39 yrs.

40-49 yrs.

50-59 yrs.

60-69 yrs.

70-79 yrs.

80 yrs.+

Screening Tests

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Not Recommended(age 18-64)

Recommended for some men— talk with your provider(age 65-75)

(NR) (age 76+)

Colon Cancer

Not Recommended (age 18-49)

Recommended. Frequency depends on test chosen (age 50-75)

(R) for some men—talk with your provider (age 76-85)

(NR)
(age
86+)

Depression

Recommended every year

Hepatitis B Infection

Recommended for some men—talk with your provider (age 18 and older)

Hepatitis C Infection

Recommended for some men—talk with your provider (age 18 and older)

High Blood Pressure

Recommended every 2 yrs. (age 18+)

High Cholesterol

NR
(age 18)

(R)
for some men—
talk with your provider (age 19-34)

Recommended every 5 yrs. (age 35 and older)

HIV Infection

Recommended once (age 18 and older)

Overweight and Obesity

Recommended every year (age 18 and older)

Prostate Cancer

Not Recommended
(age 18-54)

Talk with your provider (age 55-69)

Not Recommended (age 70 and older)

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Talk with yourprovider about testing for syphilis and other sexually transmitted infections
(age 18 and older)

Medications

Preventive Health Service

18-29 yrs.

30-39 yrs.

40-49 yrs.

50-59 yrs.

60-69 yrs.

70-79 yrs.

80 yrs.+

Aspirin to Prevent Heart Attack

Not Recommended
(age 18-44)

Recommended for some men—talk with your provider (age 45-79)

NR (age 80+)

Health Counseling

Preventive Health Service

18-29 yrs.

30-39 yrs.

40-49 yrs.

50-59 yrs.

60-69 yrs.

70-79 yrs.

80 yrs.+

Tobacco Use

Recommended every visit (if using tobacco) (age 18 and older)

Alcohol Use

Talk with your provider about healthy alcohol use(age 18 and older)

Healthy Diet and Physical Activity

Talk with your provider about a healthy diet and physical activity (age 18 and older)

Vaccines

Preventive Health Service

18-29 yrs.

30-39 yrs.

40-49 yrs.

50-59 yrs.

60-69 yrs.

70-79 yrs.

80 yrs.+

Hepatitis A

Recommended for some men—talk with your provider (age 18 and older)

Hepatitis B

Recommended for some men—talk with your provider (age 18 and older)

Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
RZV vaccine

Not Recommended (age 18-49)

Recommended 2 doses (age 50 and older), with second dose 2-6 months after first dose

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

HPV9 vaccine

3
doses (age 18-21)

Talk with
your provider
(age 21-26)

Not Recommended (age 27 and older)

Influenza (Flu)

Injectable, inhaled

Recommended every year (age 18 and older)

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)

Recommended for some men—talk with your provider (age 18 and older)

Meningococcal Disease

Recommended for some men—talk with your provider (age 18 and older)

Pneumococcal Disease
PPSV23 vaccine
PCV13 vaccine

Recommended for some men—talk with your provider (age 18-64)

Recommended 1 dose each of 2 vaccines
(age 65 and older)

Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)

Recommended 1 dose (age 18 and older)

Td (Tetanus and Diphtheria)

Recommended Booster every 10 yrs.(10 yrs. after last Tdap or Td) (age 18 and older)

Varicella (Chickenpox)

Recommended for some men - talk with your provider (2 doses if born 1980 or later)