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Get Recommended Screening Tests & Immunizations

Contributed by the National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Veteran receiving a flu shot from a VA staff member during the flu shot clinic

Living a healthy life style is a choice. If you have questions about how to make healthy living changes, please talk with your health care team. An important side of healthy living is keeping up with your screening tests and immunizations. To help prevent certain kinds of illness, talk with your health care team about the screenings and immunizations that you may need.

A doctor checking up with a pregnant woman

What screening tests should I get?

  • Most Veterans should be screened for alcohol abuse, depression, high blood pressure, HIV, military sexual trauma, obesity, PTSD, and tobacco use

  • VA recommends other screening tests based on age, gender, health status, and family history

  • Talk with your health care team about additional screening tests that are right for you.

How do I know which immunizations I should get?

  • Most Veterans should receive a flu shot every year and tetanus shot once every 10 years

  • VA recommends other immunizations based on age, gender, and health status

  • Talk with your health care team about additional immunizations that are right for you

What screening tests and immunizations should I get if I am pregnant or considering pregnancy?

  • If you are a woman who is considering pregnancy, check with your health care team about recommended screening tests and immunizations


Is It a Cold... or the Flu?

As fall and winter approach, flu season is upon us too. Some of the symptoms of seasonal flu are the same as a cold. People with colds do not usually have fevers over 100.5°F, chills, muscle aches or body pains. These symptoms are common with the flu. To prevent flu, VA encourages all Veterans to get vaccinated against flu at their nearest VA health care facility. You can reduce the spread of flu this year. Protect yourself, your family, and your hometown and VA community from the flu. Take the seasonal flu challenge-prevent flu!


Learn More

For more information about preventive services and those recommended for you, visit the following sites:

Updated/Reviewed: October 1, 2011