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Preventive Care Guidelines
Importance of Preventive Care
Chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer cause 7 out of every 10 deaths annually among Americans (Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC). Many chronic diseases can largely be prevented by working closely with your healthcare team and having appropriate screenings based on your age and other risk factors. Screenings can lead to early detection of a problem when treatment has been shown to work best. Receiving preventive services such as cancer screenings, preventive care visits and vaccinations are a few ways people can help themselves stay healthy, avoid or delay the start of disease, keep diseases from getting worse, and help create the path for leading full and productive lives.
Below are several resources to help you identify recommended screenings and vaccinations for different phases of life. Your primary care provider is also a great resource.
Preventive Care Guidelines
My HealthFinder provides recommendations for yourself or a loved one, just enter age and sex into the online tool and click "Get Results". This site also provides general health information and self-care tips. Provided by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
MedLine Plus, National Institutes of Health, Health Screening Recommendations for Adults
Other Helpful Resources:
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: To help doctors and patients decide together whether a preventive service is right for their needs, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force develops recommendations based on a review of high-quality scientific evidence. The goal of their recommendations is not only to offer guidance to healthcare professionals, but to provide patients and their families with the most accurate and up-to-date information on ways to prevent illness and improve health and wellbeing.
Prevention and Healthy Living: A series of resources provided by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), covering many topic areas, such as alcohol and other drugs, oral health, chronic disease prevention, physical activity, contaminant exposure, sexual health, injury and violence prevention, suicide prevention, nutrition and food, tobacco prevention, and obesity prevention.
Vaccination Guidelines for All Age Groups
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
For children 6 years of age and younger, on-line calculator; just put in the child’s birthdate and get a report of what shots they need.
For children 18 years of age and younger
For adults 19 years of age and older
Immunization guidelines for travel
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
“Are Your Kids Ready?” (birth through 16)