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Men and Women Ages 50 and Older

Immunizations: For men and women ages 50 and older
Flu, annual Recommended
Hepatitis A For individuals with risk factors; for individuals seeking protection3
Hepatitis B For individuals with risk factors; for individuals seeking protection4
MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) Once, without proof of immunity or if no previous second dose5
Pneumococcal (pneumonia) Recommended for individuals 65 and older and individuals under 65 with risk factors7
Td booster (tetanus, diphtheria) Recommended once every 10 years15
Varicella (chicken pox) Recommended for adults without evidence of immunity; should receive two shots10
Zoster (shingles) Recommended for all adults 60 and older

 

Screenings: For men and women ages 50 and older
AAA (abdominal aortic aneurysm) For men ages 65-75 who have ever smoked, one-time screen for AAA by ultrasonography
Alcohol misuse Behavior counseling
Aspirin Visit to discuss potential benefit of use19
Blood pressure, depression, height, weight, BMI, and hearing At annual exam
Breast cancer Recommend mammogram every 1-2 years beginning at age 40; BRCA/BART testing is covered if medically necessary20
Breast cancer chemoprevention Covered for individuals at high risk for breast cancer and low risk for adverse effects from chemoprevention
Cardiovascular disease Statin use for primary prevention in adults35
Cervical cancer At least every 3 years if cervix present; after age 65, Pap tests can be discontinued if previous tests have been normal
Colorectal cancer Recommended for adults 50-7521
Depression For all adults
Diabetes Recommend type 2 diabetes screening for individuals with sustained blood pressure greater than 135/80 mm Hg22
Domestic violence and abuse Screening for interpersonal and domestic violence for adolescents, women, and women of childbearing age34
Fall prevention Age 65 or older28
Gonorrhea and chlamydia Recommended for all individuals who are at increased risk for infection11
Healthy diet and physical activity Behavioral counseling27
HIV For all adults at increased risk for HIV infection23
HPV Recommended for all sexually active individuals age 65 and younger
Latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) Screening for asymptomatic adults at increased risk for infection33
Lipid disorder Screening periodically
Lung cancer Screening for lung cancer in persons with smoking history31
Obesity Screening, counseling, an behavioral interventions
Osteoporosis Recommend routine screening for women age 65 and older; routine screening for men age 70 and older – beginning age can be reduced for individuals at increased risk113
Prostate cancer Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test and digital rectal exam. May or may not be appropriate. Discuss with your doctor to see if it is more beneficial than harmful in your case.
Sexually transmitted infections Behavioral counseling as needed26
Syphilis Recommended for individuals at increased risk for infection12
Tobacco use and cessation Screening for tobacco use and cessation intervention

 

For heart health, adults should exercise regularly (at least 30 minutes a day on most days) which can help reduce the risks of coronary heart disease, osteoporosis, obesity and diabetes. Consult your physician before starting a new vigorous physical activity. 

 

Topics you may want to discuss with your doctor:

Nutrition 

  • Eat a healthy diet. Limit fat and calories. Eat fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains every day. 
  • Optimal calcium intake is estimated to be 1,500 mg/day for postmenopausal women not on estrogen therapy.
  • Vitamin D is important for bone and muscle development, function and preservation.

Sexual health 

  • Sexually transmitted infection (STI)/HIV prevention,16 practice safe sex (use condoms) or abstinence. 
  • Avoid unintended pregnancy; use contraception. 

Substance use disorder

  • Stop smoking. Limit alcohol consumption. Avoid alcohol or drug use while driving. 

Dental health 

  • Floss and brush with fluoride toothpaste daily. Seek dental care regularly. 

Other topics for discussion 

  • Fall prevention. 
  • Possible risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for post-menopausal women. 
  • Risks for and possible benefits of prostate cancer screening in men to determine what is best for you.
  • The dangers of drug interactions.
  • Physical activity.
  • Glaucoma eye exam by an eye care professional (i.e., an ophthalmologist, optometrist) for those age 65 and older.

 


 

Notes

  1. Blood test for newborns may include congenital hypothyroidism, phenylketonuria and sickle cell disease. 
  2. Annual vaccination against influenza is recommended for all persons age 6 months and older, including all adults. Healthy, nonpregnant adults under age 50 without high-risk medical conditions can receive either intranasally administered live, attenuated influenza vaccine, or inactivated vaccine. Other persons should receive the inactivated vaccine. Adults age 65 and older can receive the standard influenza vaccine or the high-dose influenza vaccine.
  3. Risk factors for hepatitis A should be discussed with your provider. 
  4. Risk factors for hepatitis B should be discussed with your provider. 
  5. Measles component: Adults born before 1957 can be considered immune to measles. Adults born on or after 1957 should receive one or more doses of MMR , depending upon their immune status. Also, a second dose of MMR may be necessary if exposed, traveling internationally, and other factors. Rubella component: Women with unreliable vaccination history should check with their provider. Check with your doctor for details regarding pregnancy. 
  6. Administer pneumococcal vaccine to children with certain underlying medical conditions, including a cochlear implant. A single revaccination should be administered after 5 years to children with functional or anatomic asplenia or an immunocompromising condition.
  7. One dose for adults at risk, including those with chronic lung diseases (including asthma and COPD); cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, chronic liver disease, chronic renal failure, sickle cell disease, and immunocompromising conditions. Vaccination is also recommended in adults who smoke cigarettes and residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Vaccination is not recommended in Alaskan Native or Native American persons unless they have another risk factor present. A second pneumococcal dose may be necessary for people age 65 and older who received the vaccine more than 5 years previously and were younger than 65 at the time of the primary vaccination. A onetime revaccination is recommended after 5 years for people with certain medical conditions, including immunosuppressive conditions and people who have undergone chemotherapy. 
  8. Individuals at risk for meningococcal disease include international travelers, collegebound students or anyone with a damaged or removed spleen or with terminal complement component deficiency. These individuals should discuss the risks and benefits of vaccination with their doctor. 
  9. Statin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults – The USPSTF recommends that adults without a history of cardiovascular disease (CVD) (ie, symptomatic coronary artery disease or ischemic stroke) use a low- to moderate-dose statin for the prevention of CVD events and mortality when all of the following criteria are met: 1) they are aged 40 to 75 years; 2) they have 1 or more CVD risk factors (ie, dyslipidemia, diabetes, hypertension, or smoking); and 3) they have a calculated 10-year risk of a cardiovascular event of 10% or greater. Identification of dyslipidemia and calculation of 10-year CVD event risk requires universal lipids screening in adults aged 40 to 75 years. Statin medications are a pharmacy benefit. 
  10. Individuals at risk for varicella infection include those who have close contact with persons at high risk for severe disease (healthcare workers and family contacts of immunocompromised persons) or are at high risk for exposure or transmission (e.g., teachers of young children; childcare employees; residents and staff members of institutional settings, including correctional institutions; college students; military personnel; adolescents and adults living in households with children; nonpregnant women of childbearing age; and international travelers). 
  11. Risk factors for chlamydia and gonorrhea infection include history of chlamydial or other sexually transmitted infections, new or multiple sexual partners, inconsistent condom use, commercial sex work, and drug use. 
  12. Risk factors for syphilis infection include all adolescents and adults who receive health care in a high-prevalence or high-risk clinical setting, men who have had sex with men, commercial sex workers, and those in adult correctional facilities. Individuals being treated for sexually transmitted diseases may be more likely than others to engage in high-risk behavior. 
  13. Increased risks for osteoporosis include women ages 60 to 64 with all of the following risks for osteoporotic fractures: lower body weight (weight < 70 kg) and no current use of estrogen therapy. 
  14. Pregnant women who are at high risk for preeclampsia use low-dose aspirin (81 mg/d) as preventive medication after 12 weeks of gestation. 
  15. People in contact with infants under 12 months of age and healthcare personnel can be given the Td vaccine as soon as feasible. It is recommended that Tdap should replace a single dose of Td for adults under age 65 if they have not previously received a dose of Tdap. 
  16. Sexually transmitted infections, also known as sexually transmitted diseases, include chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, HIV, HPV, syphilis, and others. See infection-specific notes for information on risk factors for sexually transmitted infections. 
  17. The Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) booster is recommended in children ages 11 to 12 who have completed the childhood DTaP immunization series and have not yet received a tetanus and diphtheria (Td) booster dose. 
  18. Children through age 9 getting flu vaccine for the first time – or who received flu vaccine – should get two doses, at least four weeks apart. 
  19. Low-dose aspirin use for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and colorectal cancer (CRC) in adults Potential benefit of low dose aspirin (81 mg/d) in adults aged 50 to 59 years with a ≥10% 10-year CVD risk, are not at increased risk for bleeding, have a life expectancy of at least 10 years, and are willing to take low-dose aspirin daily for at least 10 years.
  20. For breast cancer screening, BRCA mutation referral for genetic risk assessment and evaluation for breast and ovarian susceptibility is recommended for women with family history associated with an increased risk for deleterious mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. BRCA/BART testing, if medically necessary. Please see Blue Shield of California medical policy on Genetic Testing for Hereditary Breast and/or Ovarian Cancer. 
  21. Colorectal cancer screenings include fecal occult blood annually, sigmoidoscopy every five years, and colonoscopy every 10 years. Beginning age and screening interval can be reduced for patients at increased risk. Multi-targeted stool DNA testing every 3 years. 
  22. Diabetes screening should be performed for patients with blood pressure 135/80 or lower if knowledge of diabetes status would help inform decisions about coronary heart disease prevention strategies. Diabetes screening should be performed for adults ages 40 to 70 who are overweight and obese. Intensive behavioral counseling interventions to promote a healthful diet and physical activity for patients with abnormal blood glucose.
  23. Individuals at risk for HIV infection include all adolescents and adults who receive health care in high-prevalence or high-risk clinical setting; men who have had sex with men after 1975; individuals having unprotected sex with multiple partners; past or present injecting drug users; commercial sex workers; individuals whose past or present sex partners were HIV infected, bisexual, or injection drug users; individuals being treated for sexually transmitted diseases; individuals with a history of blood transfusion between 1978 and 1985; and individuals who requested an HIV test despite reporting no individual risk factors. 
  24. Fluoride oral supplement should be discussed at preventive care visit if primary water source is deficient in fluoride. 
  25. Increased risk factors for prostate cancer include African-American men and men with family history of prostate cancer. 
  26. Behavioral counseling to prevent sexually transmitted infections is for sexually active adolescents and adults who meet the following criteria: current sexually transmitted infections, sexually transmitted infections within the past year, multiple current sexual partners, and in nonmonogamous relationships if they reside in a community with a high rate of sexually transmitted infections. 
  27. Intensive behavioral counseling to promote healthy diet and physical activity is recommended for all adults who have hyperlipidemia or have any known risk factors for cardiovascular and diet-related chronic disease. 
  28. Falls prevention counseling for older adults to exercise or physical therapy to prevent falls in community-dwelling adults age 65 and older who are at increased risk for falls.
  29. Hepatitis B screening for non-pregnant adolescents and adults for hepatitis B virus infection at high risk for infection; pregnant women at their first prenatal visit.
  30. Hepatitis C screening for adults for hepatitis C virus infection at high risk for infection.
  31. Lung cancer screening for adults ages 55 to 80 who have a smoking history.
  32. For self-administered hormonal contraceptives, you may receive up to a 12-month supply.
  33. Tuberculosis and latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) for asymptomatic adults at increased risk for infection.
  34. Screening and counseling for interpersonal and domestic violence is a covered service for adolescents, women, and women of childbearing age at least annually, and, when needed, those who screen positive are provided or referred to initial intervention services. Mental health is an initial intervention service after screening for interpersonal and domestic violence.
  35. Statin use for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in adults – The USPSTF recommends that adults without a history of cardiovascular disease (CVD) (i.e., symptomatic coronary artery disease or ischemic stroke) use a low- to moderate-dose statin for the prevention of CVD events and mortality when all of the following criteria are met: 1) they are ages 40 to 75; 2) they have one or more CVD risk factors (i.e., dyslipidemia, diabetes, hypertension or smoking); and 3) they have a calculated 10-year risk of a cardiovascular event of 10% or greater. Identification of dyslipidemia and calculation of 10-year CVD event risk requires universal lipids screening in adults ages 40 to 75. Statin medications are a pharmacy benefit.

 

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