The Importance of Annual Wellness Appointments

Frequency

If you are generally healthy and between the ages of 19-21 you should have a wellness exam every 2-3 years. If you are between the ages of 22-64 you should have a wellness exam every 1-3 years, and if you are over 65 you should be having a wellness exam every year. However, everyone has different medical needs and your physical schedule will depend on your situation.

General Guidelines

At a minimum, you should have your blood pressure checked every 2 years, make sure all of your vaccinations are up to date, and receive your annual flu shot. If you are over 40 you need to have your cholesterol checked every 5 years and screen for colorectal cancer (yearly with a fecal occult blood test or a colonoscopy every 10 years). Smokers over 55 (and smokers who’ve quit fewer than 15 years ago need regular lung cancer screenings). Men and women each have their own health guidelines such as pap smears and prostate exams that need to be performed according to age and health risk.

Make an Appointment at Russell

Establishing a good relationship with a primary care doctor is one of the most important ways to ensure you don’t lapse on any important health milestones. Make an appointment at Russell Medical today and let us help you stay on track with your health and regular visits. If you have questions about what tests you need and when you should receive them or any other questions about your health we urge you to make an appointment with us. Take the first step today to get on (and stay on) the right path for good health.