Preventive Tests & Screenings

Mayo Clinic Health System recommends these preventive measures to help maintain good health. Your health care provider may suggest other guidelines based on your personal or family health history.

Blood Pressure Check

Blood pressure should be measured at least every two years for adults with blood pressure less then 120/80 and more often if blood pressure is higher.

Cervical Pap Smear

Women should have a Pap Smear beginning at age 21.  Pap Smears should be repeated every three years until age 65.

Childhood Immunizations

All children should have vaccinations started in infancy.  Discuss these with your child’s health care provider.

Cholesterol Test

Cholesterol testing should begin by age 35 for men and age 45 for women. Tests should be repeated every five years, or sooner depending on your family history.

Colon Examination

Adults age 50 and older should have a colon examination every five years.

Influenza Vaccination

People age 50 and older, adults and children with chronic health conditions, and those in high risk occupations (such as day care and health care) should receive an annual influenza (flu) vaccination during the autumn or winter months.

Mammogram/Breast Examination

Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year.

Osteoporosis Screening

Women age 65 and older should be screened for osteoporosis, or sooner depending on your personal risk factors for osteoporosis.

Pneumococcal (pneumonia) Vaccination

People age 65 and older and adults and children with chronic health conditions should be vaccinated for pneumonia. A booster is needed if the first vaccination occurred before age 65 and more than five years ago.

Tetanus Vaccination Booster

Adults should receive a tetanus/diphtheria vaccination booster every 10 years or as suggested by a health care provider.


Do not use tobacco. If you use tobacco, ask your health care provider about resources to help you stop. Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.  Other blood work, cardiogram, chest X-ray and urinalysis are not included in a routine preventive screening.

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