Doctor visits, exams, and vaccinations: how often?

Category: Healthcare


Even when you feel fine, it is still important to take the time to visit your physician for routine checkups and exams. But how often should you go to the doctor? What exams and tests should you get and at what age? This article will offer some general guidelines about routine doctor visits and screenings.

It is recommended that all healthy adults still visit their primary doctor annually for a checkup. The following are exams and vaccinations that should also be done, starting from infancy:

Who: Infants under 2-years-old
What: Immunizations and well baby exam
When: at 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18 months of age

Who: Everyone over 6 months old
What: Flu shot
When: Annually

Who: Children ages 2-6
What: Well child exam
When: Annually

Who: Children ages 7-18
What: Well child exam
When: Every 2 years

Who: Females ages 9-26
What: HPV vaccine
When: Once (three doses)

Who: Everyone ages 11-18
What: Meningitis vaccine
When: Once

Who: Everyone over age 11
What: Tetanus-diphtheria booster
When: Every 10 years

Who: Everyone over 16
What: Blood pressure screening
When: Every 2 years

Who: Females over 21
What: Pelvic exam, pap smear, breast exam
When: Every 1-3 years

Who: Adults over 30
What: Cholesterol screening
When: Every 5 years


Who: Females over 40
What: Mammograms
When: Every 1-2 years

Who: Males over 50
What: Prostate cancer screening
When: Annually

Who: Adults over 50
What: Colon cancer screening
When: Every 10 years

Who: Adults over 60
What: Shingles vaccine
When: Once

Who: Females over 65
What: Bone density screening
When: Periodically

Who: Adults over 65
What: Pneumonia vaccine
When: Once

Please bear in mind that some exams and vaccinations are recommended, but not necessarily required, for optimal health. More frequent visits may be needed for those with specific medical history or family members that had been diagnosed with certain diseases, conditions, or illnesses. Be sure to talk to your provider about a health schedule that works best for you.

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Nothing above is meant to provide financial or medical advice. You should meet with appropriate professionals for such services.

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