Do you know what to expect during a routine physical? There are no standard procedures for a routine physical, so the thoroughness of the exam and recommended frequency depend on your doctor and your individual circumstances.

For Women

Typically, women should have a routine, preventive physical every 1 to 5 years beginning at age 20, then every year at age 65 and older. The following chart shows some common health screenings and immunizations your doctor is likely to discuss with you during the exam. Your doctor may request that you visit a lab prior to your appointment to have certain blood tests and/or uninalysis, or may recommend additional preventive screenings.

Screenings Schedule
Weight, Height, Body Mass Index (BMI) at every physical
Blood Pressure every 2 years (if within normal range) up to age 65; then every year
Diabetes every 3 years if age 45 and older (or at any age if blood pressure is higher than 135/80)
Cholesterol every 5 years
Hearing yearly, beginning at age 65
Osteoporosis at age 65 (earlier if post-menopausal with fractures)
Immunizations Schedule
Influenza (Flu) every year
Herpes Zoster (Shingles) at age 60 or over
Pneumococcal (Pneumonia) at age 65 or over
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) ages 11 to 26 (discuss with your doctor)
Tetanus Diphtheria Pertussis (TdAP/Td) TdAP vaccine once, then a Td booster every 10 years

For Men

Typically, men should have a routine, preventive physical every 2 years until age 50, then every year after that. The following chart shows some common health screenings and immunizations your doctor is likely to discuss with you during the exam. Your doctor may request that you visit a lab prior to your appointment to have certain blood tests and/or uninalysis, or may recommend additional preventive screenings.

Screenings Schedule
Weight, Height, Body Mass Index (BMI) at every physical
Blood Pressure every 2 years (if within normal range) up to age 65; then every year
Diabetes every 3 years if age 45 and older (or at any age if blood pressure is higher than 135/80)
Cholesterol every 5 years beginning at age 35 (beginning at age 20 if at increased risk for heart disease)
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm one-time screening for men ages 65-75 who have ever smoked
Hearing yearly, beginning at age 65
Osteoporosis ages 50 to 70, if risk factors are present
Immunizations Schedule
Influenza (Flu) every year
Herpes Zoster (Shingles) at age 60 or over
Pneumococcal (Pneumonia) at age 65 or over
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) ages 11 to 26 (discuss with your doctor)
Tetanus Diphtheria Pertussis (TdAP/Td) TdAP vaccine once, then a Td booster every 10 years

For more information, reference the CHS LiveWELL Health Plan Preventive Care Guide.