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Recommended Health Screenings And Prevention Steps For Women Ages 13-18

Below is a summary of preventive service recommendations for healthy children with normal risk. Talk with your doctor to find out what preventive services are right for your children and when they should have them.

Routine childhood and adolescent vaccines should be completed by this age. A catch-up vaccine schedule is also available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for children who have fallen behind or started late.

The following screening and preventive steps should be followed in consultation with your physician:


How Often

Blood Pressure

Every 2 years — 18 years of age and older

Body Mass Index (BMI)

Periodically — 6-18 years of age


Routinely — 24 years of age and younger and sexually active

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

Once — 15-65 years of age. Talk with your doctor about when screening should be repeated.

Alcohol Misuse

Routinely — 18 years of age and older


Routinely — 12-18 years of age

Tobacco use prevention

Routinely — school-aged children and adolescents

Intimate partner violence

Routinely — women of childbearing age


1 dose 16 years of age


Every flu season Beginning 6 months of age

Perinatal Screening Tests**



Urine culture 12-16 weeks' gestation or first prenatal visit, whichever is first

Gestational diabetes mellitus

In asymptomatic pregnant women after 24 weeks of gestation

Hepatitis B virus (HBV)

First prenatal visit

Rh (D) antibody

First prenatal visit repeat at 24-28 weeks' gestation for all unsensitized Rh (D)-negative women, unless the biological father is known to be Rh (D)-negative


During pregnancy


During pregnancy

Iron deficiency anemia

During pregnancy


During and after pregnancy promote and support breastfeeding

Tobacco Use

During pregnancy provide augmented pregnancy-tailored counseling for those who smoke

Perinatal Vaccines***


Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap)

1 dose during each pregnancy

*The preventive health screenings are based on the recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) as of 12/3/13.

**The vaccine recommendations are based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as of 2/18/13. Recommendations change often. A full list of the most current recommendations may be accessed at these websites.

***This information is a summary of perinatal services recommendations from the USPSTF and the CDC for healthy pregnant women with normal risk. Talk with your doctor to find out what services are right for you and when you should have them. Your doctor may have additional recommendations. The material has been prepared for your general information only. Aetna does not warrant or guarantee, and shall not be liable for any deficiencies in, the information contained herein, or for the accuracy or appropriateness of any services provided by independent third parties. Aetna does not recommend the self management of health or related issues, nor does Aetna offer medical advice. You should consult your physician or appropriate professional for advice and care appropriate for your needs.

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