Wellness & Annual Health Screenings

Preventive Health Screenings You May Need

We all want to enjoy good health. One of the best ways to get there is to complete preventive care items, such as vaccinations, disease screenings and cancer screenings at the appropriate age. 

While your primary care physician will work with you to determine when you should complete preventive care items based on your medical history and personal risk factors, below are general recommendations by UCLA Health physicians and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Be sure to check with your insurance provider before your annual physical to confirm which preventive lab tests, procedures and vaccinations are covered. And if you complete any of these items outside of UCLA Health, let your primary care office know.

Vaccines

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COVID-19 Vaccine

Age to administer: 12 - 80+
Frequency: One or two doses depending on the vaccine type.
Learn more about this vaccine.


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Flu Vaccine

Age to administer: 6 months old - 80+
Frequency: Everyone 6 months and older should receive one dose annually.
Learn more about this vaccine.


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HPV Vaccine

Age to administer: 11 - 26.
Frequency: Two doses are recommended for kids vaccinated between 11 and 15, three doses for people between 15 and 26. Learn more about this vaccine.


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Shingles Vaccine

Age to administer: 50 - 80+
Frequency: Shingrix should be given in two doses, 2 to 6 months apart, even if the patient already received Zostavax. Learn about this vaccine.


Cancer Screenings


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Cervical Cancer Screening

Age to administer: 21 - 65
Frequency: Women should be screened every 3 years from 21 to 29 years old, and every 5 years from 30 to 65. Learn more about this screening.


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Breast Cancer Screening

Age to administer: 40 - 75
Frequency: Women should have their first mammogram between 40 and 50, repeated every 1 to 2 years until 75. Learn more about this screening


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Colorectal Cancer Screening

Age to administer: 45 - 75
Frequency: Normal colonoscopies should be repeated every 10 years; normal stool screenings should be repeated annually. Learn more about this screening.


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Prostate Cancer Screening

Age to administer: 50 - 69
Frequency: Screening includes a physical exam and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. Frequency is determined by physician based on medical history and personal risk factors. Learn more about this screening.


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Lung Cancer Screening

Age to administer: 50 - 80+
Frequency: Anyone who has smoked the equivalent of one pack a day for 20 years should have an annual chest CT scan. Learn more about this screening.


Disease Screenings


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Hepatitis C Screening

Age to administer: 18 - 79
Frequency: Adults age 18 to 79 should have a onetime blood test.
Learn more about this screening.


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STI and HIV Screening

Age to administer: 18 - 80+
Frequency: Regular testing for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, is based on sexual activity and other risk factors. Learn more about these screenings.


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Lipid Panel

Age to administer: 20 - 80+
Frequency: Cholesterol or lipid levels should be checked regularly
with a blood test. Read more about this screening.


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Diabetes Screening

Age to administer: 20 - 80+
Frequency: Hemoglobin A1c, which measures blood sugar control over 3 months, should be checked regularly. Learn more about Diabetes.


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Osteoporosis Screening

Age to administer: 65 - 80+
Frequency: Women should have their first DEXA bone scan at 65, repeated as determined by their physician. Learn more about this screening.


Abdominal Aortic Aneurism Screening

Abdominal Aortic Aneurism Screening

Age to administer: 65 - 75
Frequency: Men between 65 and 75 years old who have ever smoked should have a one-time screening. Learn more about abdominal aortic aneurysms.