Preventative Care

Complete annual physicals, in the traditional sense, are no longer insured by OHIP. These have been replaced by the “Periodic Health Exam”, which includes examinations and screening tests tailored to an individual’s age, health and family history. Patients are entitled to have up to one of these appointments per year. These appointments are for preventative care measures. Contact our office if you are overdue for any screening tests or immunizations.

Disease Screening Test Who to Screen Frequency
Cervical Cancer Pap smear Women age 21-69 Every 3 years
Breast Cancer Mammogram Women age 50-74 Every 2-3 years
Colorectal Cancer FOBT or Colonoscopy Anyone age 50-74 FOBT every 2 years or
Colonoscopy every 5-10 years
Osteoporosis Bone density Anyone age 65+ Every 5 years

Note: Screening ages and frequencies vary by risk factor
FOBT = Fecal occult blood test


Immunization Frequency
Flu Shot Yearly
Tetanus Every 10 years in adulthood
Pertussis One time dose in adolescence or adulthood
Zostavax Recommended over age 50
Gardasil Females age 9-45, Males age 9-26