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Health Checklist for Women Over 40

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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...

Bone health:

Procedure/test:What it does:Starting at age:How often:Date performed/results:
Bone mineral density testUsed as an indicator of bone strength and osteoporosis risk65, or earlier for women with previous fragility fractures; a family history of osteoporosis; on medications that cause bone loss; or have problems with calcium absorptionAt your doctor's discretion


Procedure/test:What it does:Starting at age:How often:Date performed/results:
Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Td/Tdap) boosterRestores protection against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) infectionVariesOne dose of Tdap as a booster, and then a Td booster every 10 years
Pneumonia vaccineProvides lifelong protection against pneumonia65 or earlier in people with risk factors, such as heart failure, lung disease, alcoholism, and othersTwo 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 vaccineProvides protection against common influenza strainsEveryone 6 months of age and olderYearly

ZostavaxTo help protect against herpes zoster, or shingles60One dose

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.

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Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on January 20, 2015
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