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Table 1 National recommendations for screening tests and immunizations

From: The delivery of evidence-based preventive care for older Americans with arthritis

Agency Screening or immunization Interval for repeat testing
CDC Influenza vaccine for adults age 65 and older one dose every year in the fall or winter
CDC Pneumococcal polysaccharide for adults age 65 and older • one dose if unvaccinated
• one-time revaccination at least five years after first dose if given prior to age 65
USPTF Lipid screening for men age 35 and older Every five years; less or more often if warranted
USPTF Lipid screening for women age 45 and older if at increased risk for heart disease Every five years; less or more often if warranted
USPTF Breast cancer screening for women age 40 and older Every one to two years
USPTF Colorectal cancer screening for adults age 50 to 75 years old • Annual screening with high-sensitivity FOBT
• Sigmoidoscopy every five years, with high-sensitivity FOBT every three years
• Screening colonoscopy every 10 years
USPTF BMD testing - all women age 65 and older No specific interval recommended
NOF BMD testing - women age 65 and older, and men age 70 and older Every two years or more often if warranted
  1. CDC, Center for Disease Control; NOF, National Osteoporosis Foundation; USPTF, US Preventive Services Task Force