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National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

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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 women can be found on the screening and immunizations for men 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)

Talk with your provider
(age 65-75)

Not Recommended
(age 76+)

Breast Cancer

Not Recommended (age 18-39)

Recommended annually (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+)

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+)

Colon Cancer

Not Recommended (age 18-49)

Recommended. Frequency varies by test chosen (age 50-75)

Talk with your provider (age 76-85)

NR (age 86+)

Depression

Recommended every year

Hepatitis B Infection

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

Hepatitis C Infection

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

High Blood Pressure

Recommended every 2 yrs. (age 18+)

High Cholesterol

NR (age 18-19)

Talk with your provider (age 20+)

HIV Infection

Recommended once (age 18+)

Osteoporosis

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

Recommended once (age 65+)

Overweight and Obesity

Recommended every year (age 18+)

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+)

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

Not Recommended after child-bearing age

Aspirin to Prevent Stroke

Not Recomended (age 18-54)

Talk with your provider
(age 55-79)

(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+)

Alcohol Use

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

Healthy Diet and Physical Activity

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

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+)

Hepatitis B

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

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

HPV2 vaccine
HPV4 vaccine
HPV9 vaccine

3 doses (age 18-26)

Not Recommended (age 27+)

Influenza (Flu)

Injectable

Recommended every year (age 18+)

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)

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

Meningococcal Disease

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

Pneumococcal Disease

PPSV23 vaccine
PCV13 vaccine

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

Recommended 1 dose each of 2 vaccines (age 65+)

Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)

Recommended 1 dose. Get additional dose with every pregnancy (age 18+)

Td (Tetanus and Diphtheria)

Recommended booster every 10 yrs.(10 yrs. after last Tdap or Td) (age 18+)

Varicella Zoster (Shingles)

Not Recommended (age 18-59)

Recommended 1 dose (age 60+)