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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

  • Color Key
  • Green: Recommended (R)
  • Yellow: Recommended for some people — please talk with your provider
  • Red: Not recommended (NR)
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)

Talk with your provider (age 65-75)

NR
(age 76 and older)

Colon Cancer

Not Recommended (age 18-44)

Recommended.
Frequency varies by test chosen (age 45–75)

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

NR
(age
86+)

Depression

Recommended every year (age 18 and older)

Hepatitis B Infection

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

Hepatitis C Infection

Recommended in adults aged 18-79 years

High Blood Pressure

Recommended every year (age 18 and older)

High Cholesterol

NR
(age
18-19)

High Cholesterol
Talk with your provider (age 20 and older)

HIV Infection

Recommended once (age 18 and older); annually in Veterans with ongoing risk factor

Lung Cancer

Not Recommended
(age 18-49)

Recommended for some men -
talk with your provider
(age 50-80)

NR
(age 81+)

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 your provider 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 18-49)

Talk with your provider
(age 50-69)

Not Recommended
(age 70 and older)

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

2–3 doses
(age 18–26) if series not completed

Talk with your provider
(age 27–45)

Not recommended
(age 46 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.  At least 1 dose of
PPSV23 vaccine (age 65 and older)

Talk with your provider about
PCV13 vaccine(age 65 and older)

Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)

Recommended 1 dose (age 18 and older) (Or for wound management if > 5 years have passed
since last tetanus toxoid-containing booster vaccine).

Td (Tetanus and Diphtheria)

Recommended. Booster every 10 years (10 years after last Tdap or Td) (age 18 and older) (Either Tdap or Td may
be used) (Or for wound management if > 5 years have passed since last tetanus toxoid-containing booster vaccine).

Varicella (Chickenpox)

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