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Get Recommended Screening Tests and Immunizations for Women

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 women of average risk. You are a woman 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 men can be found on the screening and immunizations for men page.

Preventive Care Recommendation Charts

Supporting Information

  • 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)

Not Recommended
(age 76 and older)

Breast Cancer

Not Recommended
(age 18-39)

Recommended annually (age 45-54)
Recommend biennial (55 and older or have
opportunity to continue annually)
Have opportunity to begin annual screening (40-44)

Recommended for
some women—
talk with your provider
(age 75 and older)

Cervical Cancer

 NR
(age
18-20)

Every 3 yrs.
(age 21-29)

Recommended Every 3 or 5 yrs.,
depending on tests chosen (age 30-65)

Not Recommended
(age 66 and older)

Colon Cancer

Not Recommended
(age 18-44)

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

Talk with your provider
(age 76-85)

NR age 86+

Depression

Recommended every year (age 18 and older)

Hepatitis B Infection

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

Hepatitis C Infection

Recommended in adults aged 18-79 years, and in all pregnant women, during each pregnancy

High Blood Pressure

Recommended every year (age 18 and older)

High Cholesterol

NR
(age
18-19)

Talk with your provider (age 20 and older)

HIV Infection

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

Lung Cancer

Not Recommended
(age 18-49)

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

NR
(age 81+)

Osteoporosis

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

Recommended once (age 65 and older)

Overweight and Obesity

Recommended every year (age 18 and older)

Sexually Transmitted Infections

(R)
Test for gonorrhea and chlamydia every year (age 18–24)
Talk with your provider about syphilis testing

Talk with your provider about testing for gonorrhea,
chlamydia, and syphilis (age 25 and older)

Early screening for syphilis infection is recommended
for all pregnant Veterans, regardless of age

Medications

Preventive Health Service

18-29 yrs.

30-39 yrs.

40-49 yrs.

50-59 yrs.

60-69 yrs.

70-79 yrs.

80 yrs.+

Folic Acid for Pregnancy Planning

Recommended. Daily folic acid supplement for any
woman who may become pregnant (age 18-55)

Not recommended after child-bearing
age (age 55 and older)

Aspirin to Prevent Stroke

Not Recommended
(age 18-49)

Talk with your provider
(age 50-69)

NR
(age 70+)

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 women—talk with your provider (age 18 and older)

Hepatitis B

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

Meningococcal Disease

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

Pneumococcal Disease
PPSV23 vaccine
PCV13 vaccine

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