Preventive services can help keep you well. They include more than just seeing your primary care provider (PCP) once a year for a checkup. They include immunizations/vaccines,* lab tests, and other screenings that can help your PCP or other provider manage your health care needs.
*UPMC for You covers certain vaccines when provided by your PCP. If your PCP is unable to give the vaccine, he/she can refer you to another participating physician office. Some local pharmacies provide the vaccines but they are not covered by UPMC for You. Call our Health Care Concierge team to see which pharmacies are participating in the UPMC for You vaccine program.
Go to your PCP for preventive services. Women can go to a UPMC for You participating ob-gyn for their Pap test, pelvic exam, and mammogram. Routine physical appointments often take longer to schedule. Call well before the time you would like to schedule an appointment.
Here are some important preventive services you should know about:
When you go for a physical exam, your PCP will ask questions about your medical history and your family’s medical history. This is important because sometimes you may have a greater risk of having a disease if someone in your family has it. Your PCP will also check your height, weight, and blood pressure. How often you see your PCP will vary based on your age and condition, but you should see your PCP at least once a year.
Blood work and other tests
Based on your age, medical history, and the results of your physical exam, your PCP or other providers may order some tests. These might include blood work to check your cholesterol level or blood sugar, a cardiogram (EKG) to check your heart, or other tests. Preventive screenings can help you and your PCP find out early if you have a disease or health condition. Sometimes early treatment can save your life.
Vaccines are given to adults and children to help protect them from diseases or from getting sick. Some are for human papillomavirus (HPV), measles, mumps, pneumonia, tetanus, or the flu. It is very important for children to get all of their vaccines even if they are feeling fine. Some vaccines need to be given only once. Others need to be given at certain times as a child grows. Others work best when they are received each year.
Talk to your PCP to find out which immunizations you and your child may need. UPMC for You covers certain vaccines when provided by your PCP. If your PCP cannot give the vaccine, he or she can refer you to another participating physician office. Some local pharmacies provide the vaccines but they are not covered by UPMC for You. Call a Health Care Concierge to see which pharmacies are participating in the UPMC for You vaccine program.
View the complete immunization guide.