Prevention tips, including Check ups, Examinations, Tests, Vaccinations
These preventive measures can help you maintain good health. Your health care provider may suggest other guidelines based on your personal or family health history.
Make an appointment with a doctor at Winneshiek Medical Center to discuss any of the following:
- Cervical Pap Smear – Women should have a Pap smear starting at age 21 or the onset of sexual intercourse. Pap smears should be repeated every one -three years until age 65, depending on your age and risk factors.
- Colon Examination – Adults age 50 and older should have a colon examination every five – ten years. Make an appointment with your doctor to discuss colon examination options. You may need to start screening sooner if you have a family history of colon cancer.
- 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.
- Chlamydia Screening – All women who are sexually active should have a Chlamydia screening every year, depending on your age and risk factors.
- Osteoporosis Screening – Women age 65 and older should be screened for osteoporosis. Some women under age 65 with certain risk factors may need an earlier screening. Ask your doctor for advice.
- 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 your doctor.
- Tobacco – Do not use tobacco. If you use tobacco, ask your doctor about resources to help you stop. Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.
- Depression Screening – All women should have an annual depression screening.
- 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. Winneshiek Medical Center offers free blood pressure screenings each month. Visit our Calendar of Events page for the schedule and locations.
- Mammogram/Breast Examination – Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year. You do not need a doctor’s referral to schedule a mammogram. Call Winneshiek Medical Center at 563-387-3022 to arrange an appointment.
- 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 results or other health risk factors. This test is available to be billed to your insurance company with an order from your doctor, or through our Lab Screening Services where you do not need a doctor’s order
A new lease on life
“I feel like I was stopped for speeding, but just given a warning,” says Carolyn Corbin. This “second-chance” feeling came after her first mammogram screening at age forty revealed invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast.