Plan for Prevention
If you want to take control of your health, but you’re not sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place.
Learn about preventive care and the steps you and your family can take to stay healthy, prevent disease, and live well.
These simple, but important, actions can help you live a longer and healthier life:
• develop and maintain healthy lifestyle habits
• get screening tests for early detection of disease
• stay up-to-date with immunizations
There’s no better time than now.
Breastfeeding Awareness: The Gold Standard for Infant Feeding
Every year, the first week of August is designated as “World Breastfeeding Awareness Week”. Here at Kaiser Permanente we agree with the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) which states, “Supporting breastfeeding is important – with breastfeeding, everyone wins! If you do anything to support a woman planning to breastfeed her baby, or a mother already breastfeeding her child, you deserve a GOLD MEDAL.”
Did you know that breastfeeding is:
- Free: A family saves more than $1,500 during the first year of life by not purchasing formula.
- Green: No containers to toss or recycle, no product recalls.
- Convenient: Breast milk is always the right temperature and always ready-to-serve. This can be life-saving during emergencies.
- Healthy: Health outcomes improve for both baby and mom. Including diabetes, asthma, ear infections, obesity, and allergies.
- Works: A mom can continue to breastfeed her baby after she returns to work or school.
Breastfeeding support is available at Kaiser Permanente anytime, day or night. Contact 1-866-454-8855 or visit Kaiser Permanente Breastfeeding Support
So go out and earn gold medals every day by supporting women everywhere to breastfeed their babies.
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Immunizations protect your child, your family, and your community from preventable diseases. Immunizing your child is the single best way to protect him or her from preventable diseases.
We know that no child should suffer from a preventable disease when a safe and effective vaccine is available. As we’ve seen in recent years, when individuals are not immunized, certain diseases that were once near eradication, do return. Below are some frequently asked questions that will help you stay on top of you and your family’s health.
Frequently asked questions:
- Have you ever wondered, “what shots does a young child need, and when?” View the recommended vaccination timeline here: Shots to Protect Your Child
- Interested in which vaccinations older children and teens should receive? Take a look at: Immunizations for Older Children and Teens
- Many of us have heard rumors about vaccine side effects. To get to the facts, view this video: Immunizations: Separating Fears from Facts
- Adults and elders also need immunizations and boosters. View the recommendations for Adults ages 19 to 64 and older
- Are you up-to-date on your preventive screenings? Download our Northern California My Doctor Online App on your mobile device to stay on top of your family’s health.
Take a Step Towards Better Health: Quit Tobacco
Are you thinking about quitting tobacco? The benefits of quitting tobacco include: a decrease in a risk of a heart attack, improved lung function and breathing, an increase in energy levels, better breath, and more.
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping you become tobacco free. We offer a variety of resources to assist you in quitting now. We have wellness coaching over the phone and an online program called Breathetm(hyperlink). Kaiser Permanente is here to support you on your journey towards being tobacco free.
For more resources and more information, please visit:
- Kaiser Permanente: My Doctor Online: Quitting Tobacco or call 1-866-251-4514 to make a free telephone appointment with a Wellness Coach.
- California Smoker’s Helpline: https://www.nobutts.org/ or call 1-800-NO BUTTS (quit smoking) & 1-800-844-CHEW (quit chew)
Quitting tobacco is one of the best things you can do for your health. We are confident that, when you are ready, you will find a way to be tobacco-free!
Screenings and Immunizations
Prevention Guidelines for Adults
Screening tests are an important part of preventive care. They are simple tests for the early detection of a disease or condition before you have any symptoms. The following screening tests are recommended for adults 18 years and older.
These recommendations are for generally healthy people and are for information only. If you have ongoing health problems, special health needs or risks, or if certain conditions run in your family, talk with your physician. He or she may recommend additional screening tests.
Types of Screening Tests and When They’re Recommended
Mammograms are recommended for women age 40 to 74 every 1 to 2 years. Women 75 and older, should discuss the need for mammography with their doctor.
For women, have a Pap test every 3 years starting at age 21 or earlier if sexually active. Beginning at age 25, have a Pap and human papillomavirus (HPV) test every 3 years up to age 65.
Starting at age 40, cholesterol should be checked every 5 years, more often if its level is higher than normal.
Starting at age 50, have a fecal immunochemical test (FIT) once a year and/or a flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years. If you are older than age 75, talk to your doctor about colorectal cancer screening.
For adults older than 45 years of age, get tested every 5 years.
HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
Get tested for HIV and other STDs if you have had unprotected sex, are pregnant, or have any other reasons to think you may be at risk. Have a yearly chlamydia test if you’re sexually active and between ages 14 and 25.
Have your blood pressure checked every 1 to 2 years.
Talk to your physician about having a bone mineral density (BMD) test at age 65.
Overweight and obesity
Have your body mass index (BMI) calculated every 1 to 2 years.
During pregnancy, your medical team may recommend a variety of screening tests to make sure you are healthy and that your baby is developing properly. Take all the tests recommended by your medical team. Learn more about what to expect during pregnancy, labor, childbirth, and caring for your newborn.
Men age 40 and older, discuss the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test and rectal exam with your physician.
The following options will help you find out which preventive health services you might be due for.
- At your next appointment, check the bottom of your registration slip.
- Stop by Health Education to have a staff member look them up for you.
- Go online to kp.org/prevention for more information.