Helpful information about common screenings and vaccinations your doctor may suggest.

Print our preventive care guide for seniors to discover what you can expect.

When visiting your doctor, he or she may recommend certain screenings and vaccines aimed to help you prevent disease and stay healthy at any stage of life. To learn what you might expect from each of these common types of screenings, check out the helpful summary below. You can even download and print this preventive care guide for seniors to refer to later. Of course, if you have any questions about your doctor’s recommendations, talk with him or her directly to get the full details.


Blood Pressure Screening

What it is:            An easy and fast reading that measures

the pressure in your arteries as the blood pumps

Frequency:          Once a year, or more often if needed

How it’s done:    Inflatable cuff


Cholesterol Screening

What it is:           A preventive care screening that measures HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides

Frequency:         Every 4-6 years, or more often if needed

How it’s done:   Blood test after fasting


Diabetes Screening

What it is:         An important screening to detect or rule out an accumulation of glucose in your blood that could lead to type 2 diabetes

Frequency:        Every three years, more often if needed

How it’s done:  Blood test


Eye Screening

What it is:         An eye exam that checks your vision and looks for signs of any abnormalities in your eyes

Frequency:       Annually, more often if needed

How it’s done:  Series of tests using a variety of instruments


Hearing Screening

What it is:        An initial visit includes a quick preventive care test performed by an audiologist that checks for hearing loss. Need to have your hearing checked? Use these tips to find the best audiologist for you.

Frequency:       Annually, more often if needed

How it’s done:  With or without headphones in a hearing lab, subsequent visits or screenings may include one or more of these 8 types of hearing tests


Influenza Vaccine

What it is:         A vaccine that aims to protect you from the seasonal influenza virus (flu) by helping you build antibodies against infection

Frequency:       Annually

How it’s done:   Intramuscular injection


Pneumococcal Vaccines

What it is:          A series of two vaccines for seniors that can help prevent pneumonia and other pneumococcal issues

Frequency:        Usually a one-time vaccine series, however, some doctors may recommend a follow-up dose several years after the first one

How it’s done:   Intramuscular or subcutaneous injection


Shingles Vaccine

What it is:          A vaccine that can protect seniors from shingles, a painful rash caused by herpes zoster virus

Frequency:        One-time dose after age 60

How it’s done:  Subcutaneous injection


Breast Cancer Screening

What it is:         A test that can detect tumors in the breast

Frequency:       Every two years, depending on your risk for breast cancer

How it’s done:  X-Ray mammography or breast MRI


Colorectal Cancer Screening

What it is:        A preventive care procedure for seniors that detects any abnormalities in the lining of your colon

Frequency:      Every 10 years, or more often if you have risk factors for colon cancer

How it’s done: Colonoscope

Osteoporosis Screening

What it is:       A test that measures bone mass or bone density in women, a key indicator of osteoporosis

Frequency:     Depends on your risk

How it’s done:  Usually by x-ray


This preventive care guide for seniors can help you feel prepared for any screenings and vaccines that your doctor may suggest to help you feel your best. This is just a general summary for your convenience. For full details about your own personal care or whenever you have questions, speak directly with your doctor. To find more articles on senior health and living, visit our blog today.


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