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Health Screenings and Interventions

More Wellness. More Well Informed.

At Southcoast Health, we’re focused on keeping you well. We want to help you and your family stay healthy and avoid major illness or injury. Please use this list of recommended health screenings, immunizations and interventions as a guideline and discuss these preventive screenings and vaccines with your primary care provider.

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Birth to 2 Years Ages 3 – 10 Ages 11 – 21 Ages 22 and older
Alcohol misuse Those at risk All adults
Autism 18, 24 months
Blood Pressure At each visit Once a year Every 2 years or as doctor advises
Cholesterol/Lipid Disorders Screening of children and adolescents at risk due to known family history; or with personal risk factors Ages 20 and older if risk factors All men ages 35 and older, or ages 20-35 if risk factors. All women ages 45 and older, or ages 20-45 if risk factors
Colon Cancer Screening 18, 24 months Ages 50 and older

  • Fecal occult blood test annually
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years
  • Double-contrast barium enema (DCBE) every 5 years
  • Colonoscopy every 10 years
  • Virtual colonoscopy every 5 years
Congenital Hypothyroidism Screening Newborns
Depression Screening Ages 12-18 All adults
Developmental Screening 7, 18 months 30 months
Developmental Surveillance Newborn 1, 2, 4, 6, 12, 15, 24 months At each visit At each visit
Diabetes Screening Ages 45 and older, or at any age if asymptomatic with sustained BP greater than 135/80, every 3 years
Oral Health Evaluation 12, 18, 24 months
Hearing Screening (not complete hearing examination) 30 months, 3, 6 years All newborns by 1 month
Healthy Diet / Nutrition Counseling Adults with hyperlipidemia, those at risk for cardiovascular disease or diet-related chronic disease
Hemoglobin or Hematocrit 12 months Once a year for females after menarche
HIV Screening Adolescents at risk Adults at risk
Iron Supplementation 6-12 months for children at risk
Lead Screening 12, 24 months
Metabolic/Hemoglobinopathies (according to state law) Newborns
Obesity Screening Ages 6 and older Ages 6 and older All adults
PKU Screening Newborns
Prophylactic Ocular (Eye) Medication to Prevent Blindness Newborns
Prostate Cancer Screening Once a year for men ages 50 and older or any age with risk factors
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Screening All sexually active adolescents All adults at risk
Sickle Cell Disease Screening Newborns
Syphilis Screening Individuals at risk Adults at risk
Tobacco use / cessation interventions All adults
Tuberculin test Children at risk Children at risk Adolescents at risk
Ultrasound Aortic Abdominal Aneurysm Screening Men ages 65-75 who have ever smoked
Vision Screening (not complete eye examination) 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 & 10 or as doctor advises 12, 15 & 18 or as doctor advises

Wellness Exams and Immunizations

Birth to 2 Years Ages 3 – 10 Ages 11 – 21 Ages 22 and older
Well-baby / Well-child/ Well-person exams Birth, 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15,18, 24 & 30 months Once a year Once a year Once a year
Diphtheria, Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis (DTaP) 2, 4 & 6 months, 15-18 months Ages 4-6 Tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) given once, ages 11-64 Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids booster (Td) every 10 years
Haemophilus Influenzae type b conjugate (Hib) 2, 4 & 6 months, 12-15 months
Hepatitis A (HepA) 12-23 months Persons at risk
Hepatitis B (HepB) At birth, 1-4 months, 6-18 months Ages 3-10 if not previously immunized Ages 11-18 if not previously immunized Persons at risk
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Ages 9-10, as doctor advises Ages 11-12, catch-up, ages 13-26 Catch-up, through age 26
Influenza Vaccine Annually 6 months and older Annually Annually Annually
Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Ages 12-15 months Ages 4-6 or 11 & 12 If not already immune Rubella for women of childbearing age if not immune
Meningococcal (MCV) All persons ages 11-18
Pneumonia 2, 4 & 6 months, 12-15 months Ages 65 & older, once (or younger than 65 for those with risk factors)
Poliovirus (IPV) 2 & 4 months, 6-18 months Ages 4-6
Rotavirus Ages 6-24 weeks
Varicella (Chickenpox) Ages 12-18 months Ages 4-6 Second dose catch-up or first dose if needed Second dose catch-up or first dose if needed
Zoster Ages 60+

Women’s Health

Screenings and Interventions Who is most affected
Discussion/Referral for Counseling Related to BRCA1/BRCA2 test Women at risk
Discussion About Potential Benefits/Risk of Breast Cancer Preventive Medications Women at risk
Breast Cancer Screening (Mammogram) Women ages 40 and older, annually
Cervical Cancer Screening (Pap test); Within 3 years of sexual activity; or ages 21-64, at least every 3 years
Chlamydia Screening Sexually active women ages 24 and under and older women at risk
Folic Acid Supplementation Women planning or capable of pregnancy
Gonorrhea Screening Sexually active women at risk
Hepatitis B Screening, Rh Incompatibility Test, Syphilis Screening Pregnant women
Osteoporosis Screening Age 65 or older (or 60 for women at risk)
Tobacco Use/Cessation Interventions Pregnant women

These preventive health services are based on recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (A and B recommendations), the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for immunizations, and the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Periodicity Schedule of the Bright Futures Recommendations for Pediatric Preventive Health Care. For additional information on immunizations, visit the immunization schedule section of This document is a general guide. Always discuss your particular preventive care needs with your doctor.