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health & wellness Preventive and Immunization Guidelines

UPMC Health Plan wants you to get regular physical exams, preventive health screenings, and updated immunizations to protect your health, prevent diseases, and improve your quality of life. To learn what examinations, screenings, and immunizations are appropriate for you or your child, select an age group below. You can review the guidelines and print them out to help you start a conversation with your doctor.

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Important screenings for men  |  Important screenings for women

Scientific Evidence Sources: Adults

  • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services 2010-2011. Recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
  • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Recommendation Statement Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Ann Intern Med. 2005; 142:198-202.
  • The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure. JAMA 2003; 289:2560-71.
  • American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Summary of recommendations for clinical preventive services. Leawood (KS): American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP); August 2011.
  • American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer, March 5, 2012.
  • American Cancer Society Colorectal Cancer Early Detection; March 2, 2011 (Revised January 26, 2012).
  • American Cancer Society Prostate Cancer: Early Detection; December 1, 2010 (Revised October 12, 2011).
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, May 2001 (Revised June 2005).
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Put Prevention into Practice. Preventive Care Timeline, June 2006.
  • Gastroenterology February 2003; Volume 124, Number 2.
  • Consensus Conference: Colorectal Cancer Screening and Surveillance in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Inflamm Bowel Dis 2005; 11:314-321.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recommended adult immunization schedule – United States, 2012. MMWR February 2012;61(04)1-7.

Scientific Evidence Sources: Pediatrics

  • American Academy of Pediatrics. Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care Periodicity Schedule, 2008.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics. Prevention of Pediatric Overweight and Obesity, Pediatrics. 2003; 112:424-430 (Reaffirmed February 2007).
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Substance Abuse. Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Drugs: The Role of the Pediatrician in Prevention, Identification, and Management of Substance Abuse, Pediatrics. 2005; 115:816-821.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics. Identifying Infants and Young Children with Developmental Disorders in the Medical Home: An Algorithm for Developmental Surveillance and Screening. Pediatrics 2006; 118:405-420 (Reaffirmed February 2010).
  • Gupta VB, Hyman SL, Johnson CP, et al, Identifying Children with Autism Early? Pediatrics 2007;119:152-153.
  • American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Summary of recommendations for clinical preventive services. Leawood (KS): American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP); August 2011.
  • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services 2010-2011. Recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
  • American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer, July 2010 (Revised March 5, 2012).
  • Pennsylvania Early and Periodic Screening and Diagnostic Treatment Program Requirements (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) June 14, 2010.
  • CDC Updated Recommendations for Use of Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccines. MMWR January 28, 2011; 60; 72-76.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recommended immunization schedules for persons aged 0-18 years – United States, 2012. MMWR February 2012; 61(05);1-4.
  • Hagan JF, Shaw JS, Duncan PM, eds. 2008. Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, Third Edition. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics. Performing Preventive Services: A Bright Futures Handbook: Intimate Partner Violence. 2010 25-32.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics. The Changing Concept of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Diagnostic Coding Shifts, Controversies Regarding the Sleeping Environment, and New Variables to Consider in Reducing Risk, Pediatrics. 2005; 116:1245-1256 (Reaffirmed May 2008).
  • CDC. Notice to Readers: Revised Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to Vaccinate All Persons Aged 11-18 Years with Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine. MMWR August 10, 2007; 56(31):794-795.

Updated: 6/18/2012