Health Checklist for Women Over 40
Print out this list to keep track of tests and procedures you need after the age of 40 and take it with you to your next doctor's appointment. continued...
Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis ( Td/Tdap) booster Restores protection against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (
whooping cough) infection Varies
One dose of Tdap as a booster, and then a Td booster every 10 years
Provides lifelong protection against
pneumonia 65 or earlier in people with risk factors, such as
heart failure, lung disease, alcoholism, and others Two shots if given at age 65 or later. May need to be repeated in people who have certain medical conditions who received it before the age of 65
Influenza vaccine Provides protection against common
influenza strains Everyone 6 months of age and older
To help protect against
herpes zoster, or shingles 60
NOTE: Guidelines for screening vary. This is a compilation of generally accepted major screening recommendations from national health organizations and experts, but it is by no means comprehensive or a substitute for your doctor's advice.
Jennifer Robinson, MD on January 20, 2015
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