In an effort to encourage Florida adults to keep up to date with their health screenings and vaccinations, the Florida Department of Health recently released the Florida Health Preventive Screening and Immunization Schedule and Record.
With versions available for both men and women, the new tool provides a patient-centered schedule and record for health screenings and immunizations that are recommended for adults age 19 and older.
“As adults we often focus on the health screenings, tests and vaccines for our children and forget that we need them too,” said state Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “This new checklist gives adults ownership of recommended health screenings and immunizations.”
Available for download at floridahealth.gov, the printable Immunization Schedule and Record can be used to keep track of health services and screenings. Adults are also encouraged to discuss their schedule for health screenings and immunization with their health care professional.
Following the recommended schedule for health screenings, officials say, can identify heart health risks, prevent cancer and make earlier diagnoses of cancer to save lives. Immunizations prevent illness, disability and death from vaccine-preventable diseases including cervical cancer, diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, pertussis, pneumonia, polio, rotavirus, rubella and tetanus.