VISN 2: Veterans' Wellness, 2015 calendar - New York/New Jersey VA Health Care Network
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New York/New Jersey VA Health Care Network

 

VISN 2: Veterans' Wellness, 2015 calendar


Routine Health Care Monitoring
What It Is
Why You Need It
VA Recommendations
Goal Complete
Blood pressure reading
High blood pressure has no symptoms
Every year after age 18 and at every primary care visit
  • Blood pressure reading
Cholesterol profile
Low HDL (good cholesterol), high triglycerides and LDL (bad cholesterol), and high total cholesterol can increase heart disease risk
Every 5 years or more frequently if recommended by your VA primary care provide
  • Cholesterol check
Influenza (flu) immunization
To prevent the flu
Every year for all adults
  • Flu vaccine
Pneumonia vaccine
To prevent serious respiratory illness
Once at age 65; sooner for certain medical conditions; single 5-year booster dose recommended if initial vaccine prior to age 65
  • Pneumonia vaccine
Tetanus and pertussis (Tdap) immunization
To protect against tetanus and whooping cough
CDC recommends Tdap immunization in place of tetanus booster once between ages 19 and 65.
  • Tdap vaccine
Breast and cervical cancer screenings
For early detection of precancerous tissue growth and cancer
Annual women's health visit with your provider to determine appropriate mammography and Pap test screenings
  • Mammogram and Pap test
Bone density screening
For early detection of osteoporosis
Bone density test routinely after age 65; test at age 60 if increased risk for osteoporotic fracture.
  • Bone density test
Colorectal cancer
screening
For early detection of precancerous tissue growth and cancer
Begin screening at age 50 until age 75; may need earlier screening if positive family history
  • Colorectal cancer screening
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening
To detect weakened blood vessels
Test once for men ages 65-75 who have ever smoked.
  • AAA screening
Hepatitis C screening
Exposure to the hepatitis C virus can harm your liver.
For those with military service during the Vietnam era and those exposed to the virus via sexual contact, tattoos or piercings, blood transfusions prior to 1992, and the sharing of personal items
  • Hepatitis C screening
Tobacco, alcohol, and
depression screenings
Smoking may lead to serious illness; alcohol abuse and depression can spiral out of control.
Every year; your VA primary care staff will identify and treat any psychological issues and help with controlling substance abuse and quitting smoking
  • Quit smoking
  • Talked with my doctor about my mental health
PTSD and depression screening
PTSD and depression can have a negative impact on health and quality of life
Every year; your PACT team will help identify and treat psychological issues
  • Talked with my doctor about my mental health
Routine eye examinations
To check for glaucoma, cataracts, and other eye diseases
As recommended by your VA primary care provider based on your medical conditions, family history or new visual symptoms
  • Eye exam

 

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