• Affiliated With

    • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
    • Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital

Routine & Preventive Care

Alert: Some CHA centers and services will be closed on Memorial Day (Monday, May 28). Please see this schedule for details.

Your primary care team works with you to give you preventive care (like tests, immunizations and health screenings). This lets us find and treat any medical conditions early, helping you stay healthy. These tests vary by your age, sex, family history and risk factors.

Tests and intervals may change based on new research and technology advances.

Annual Well Visits

Do you need a check-up every year? While most health insurance will pay for an annual physical exam, it really depends on your risk factors and your specific health needs.

Here are the age-based standards that help determine who should come in and how frequently:

  • Children 0-12 years

    There is a very specific schedule of when young children should come in for immunizations, blood tests and “well-child” checks. If you have young children, you will find the schedule here.

  • 12-22 years

    Patients in this age group should come in at least once a year to make sure they have any necessary blood tests, immunizations, and a “well-child” check.

  • 22 and older years

    New patients should come in for an initial evaluation to establish care with your team. The results allow us to create an individual plan of care for you and set up a visit schedule based on your needs.

    Current patients should already have a plan of care. But even for our most healthy patients, try to come in at least once every two years.

Breast Cancer Screenings for Women

Mammography - once every 2 years for women 50-75 years old in CHA Radiology.

Cervical Cancer Screenings for Women

Pap smear - once every 3 years for women 21-65. For women 30-64, this can be once every 5 years if you also have HPV testing. These can be done at your CHA primary care center or OB/GYN office.

Colorectal Cancer Screenings

All adults 50-75 years of age should get one of the following screenings:

  • Colonoscopy - once every 10 years, or
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy - once every 5 years, or
  • Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) – once a year

Colon cancer screenings are offered in the CHA Division of Gastroenterology.

Diabetes Wellness Visits

If you have diabetes, there are a number of recommended tests you need to monitor your health:

  • Hemoglobin A1c test – at least twice yearly at your primary care center
  • Blood pressure screening – every year at your primary care center
  • Diabetic eye exam - every year at the CHA Eye Centers
  • Cholesterol testing – at least once a year
  • Diabetic foot exam – once a year at your primary care center or with a CHA podiatrist (foot doctor)

High Blood Pressure Checks

For people with high blood pressure, blood pressure checks as needed at your primary care center (ask your doctor or PCP).