Prevention Guidelines, Men Ages 65 and Older

Screening tests and vaccines are an important part of managing your health. Health counseling is essential, too. Below are guidelines for these, for men ages 65 and older. Talk with your health care provider to make sure you’re up to date on what you need.

Screening

Who needs it

How often

Abdominal aortic aneurysm

Men ages 65 to 75 who have ever smoked

1 ultrasound

Alcohol misuse

All men in this age group

At routine exams

Blood pressure

All men in this age group

Every 2 years if your blood pressure is less than 120/80 mm Hg; yearly if your systolic blood pressure is 120 to 139 mm Hg, or your diastolic blood pressure reading is 80 to 89 mm Hg

Colorectal cancer

All men in this age group

Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years, or colonoscopy every 10 years, or double-contrast barium enema every 5 years; yearly fecal occult blood test or fecal immunochemical test; or a stool DNA test as often as your health care provider advises; talk with your health care provider about which tests are best for you

Depression

All men in this age group

At routine exams

Diabetes mellitus, type 2

Men who have blood pressure higher than 135/80 mm Hg

At least every 3 years

High cholesterol or triglycerides

All men in this age group

At least every 5 years

HIV

Men at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

At routine exams

Obesity

All men in this age group

At routine exams

Syphilis

Men at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

At routine exams

Tuberculosis

Men at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

Ask your health care provider

Vision

All men in this age group

Every 1 to 2 years; if you have a chronic health condition, ask your health care provider if you needs exams more often

Vaccine

Who needs it

How often

Chickenpox (varicella)

All men in this age group who have no record of this infection or vaccine

2 doses; second dose should be given at least 4 weeks after the first dose

Hepatitis A

Men at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

2 doses given at least 6 months apart

Hepatitis B

Men at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

3 doses over 6 months; second dose should be given 1 month after the first dose; the third dose should be given at least 2 months after the second dose and at least 4 months after the first dose

Influenza (flu)

All men in this age group

Once a year

Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)

All men in this age group who have no record of these infections or vaccines

1 dose

Meningococcal

Men at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

1 or more doses

Pneumococcal (polysaccharide)

All men in this age group

1 dose

Tetanus/diphtheria/
pertussis (Td/Tdap) booster

All men in this age group

Td every 10 years, or Tdap if you will have contact with a child younger than 12 months old

Zoster

All men in this age group

1 dose

Counseling

Who needs it

How often

Diet and exercise

Men with high cholesterol or triglycerides, or other risk factors for cardiovascular or chronic disease affected by diet or exercise

When diagnosed, and then at routine exams

Use of daily aspirin

Men ages 45 to 79 at risk for cardiovascular health problems

At routine exams

Use of tobacco and the health affects it can cause

All men in this age group

Every visit