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Screenings

Improving and maintaining your health is important which is why your provider recommends various preventive screenings throughout the year. Screenings are used to look for diseases before symptoms are present in order to take proactive steps when illnesses are more manageable. Talk with your doctor or other healthcare professional to determine which screenings and vaccines are recommended for you at your next medical appointment.

Adult Pneumococcal Vaccine

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pneumococcal disease is an infection caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria, sometimes referred to as pneumococcus, which can cause many types of illnesses, including ear infections and meningitis. Speak with your provider about vaccines to prevent pneumococcal disease in children and adults.

  • Adults 65 years or older are at increased risk for pneumococcal disease
  • Some adults ages 18 through 64 years old are also at increased risk for pneumococcal disease, including those:
    • With chronic illnesses (chronic heart, liver, kidney, or lung [including chronic obstructive lung disease, emphysema, and asthma] disease; diabetes; or alcoholism)
    • With conditions that weaken the immune system (HIV/AIDS, cancer or damaged/absent spleen)
    • With cochlear implants or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks (escape of the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord)
    • Who smoke cigarettes

Annual Flu Vaccine

Flu vaccines save lives and are free for HFHP members. Your annual vaccine is available before flu season starts. Look below to see your vaccine options:

  • Talk to your provider and ask if they offer the flu vaccine
  • Visit your primary care provider (PCP)
    To find one in your area, visit myHFHP.org and click on "Find a Doctor," select your plan type in "Network" and select PCP at the bottom of the page.
  • Visit an urgent care facility or walk-in clinic
    To find one in your area, visit myHFHP.org and click on "Find a Doctor,"
  • Visit a community pharmacy. Many local pharmacies offer flu shots at no charge when you present your member ID card. Must be 18 or older.

Annual Visit to your Primary Care Provider (PCP)

Your PCP is responsible for addressing all major healthcare conditions and chronic care conditions to improve overall quality of life. Importantly, your PCP reviews any family history, works to prevent illnesses and disease, and catches early signs of possible ailments. One of the purposes of your annual exam is to discuss the need for any preventive screenings or labs you might need, as directed by your provider.

Research shows that patients who visit their primary care physicians regularly have fewer hospitalizations and emergency room visits than those who do not. You are entitled to an annual physical every year at no cost to you, so reach out to schedule an appointment today. You can visit the provider directory at myHFHP.org/directory to find a PCP in your area.

Bone-Density Screening (DEXA Scan)

This quick and painless X-ray scan tells you and your provider about the health of your bones. Healthy bones can help you prevent falls and preserve your independence.
Review your osteoporosis screening history with your doctor to select the best care plan for you
If you reside in Brevard County: Call Health First Centralized Scheduling at 321.434.6100
If you reside in Indian River County: Call Sebastian River Diagnostic Center at 772.589.5000 or Vero Radiology Services at 772.562.0163

Breast Cancer Screening (Mammogram)

A mammogram can detect breast cancer early and early detection saves lives. Mammogram screenings are recommended at least every two years. Schedule yours today.
If you reside in Brevard County: Call Health First Centralized Scheduling at 321.434.6100
If you reside in Indian River County: Call Sebastian River Diagnostic Center at 772.589.5000 or Vero Radiology Services at 772.562.0163

Cervical Cancer Screening

The cervical cancer survival rate is higher if caught early and can even be prevented by a regular screening schedule. Screenings can find abnormal cervical cell changes that can be treated before turning into cervical cancer. It´s recommended that:
  • Women ages 21 to 29 should have cervical cancer testing (Pap test screening) every three years
  • Women ages 30 to 64 should have Pap test screening combined with the HPV test every five years. Speak to your doctor about HPV testing alone if you no longer receive Pap test screenings.
  • Women who have had a total hysterectomy (removal of uterus and cervix) do not require screenings unless recommended by their provider

Talk with your healthcare provider to coordinate your screening. You can visit the provider directory at myHFHP.org/directory to find a PCP in your area.

Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Having a colorectal screening is the most effective way you can reduce your risk of colon cancer.
There are several different tests to screen for colorectal cancer.

  • Colonoscopy - recommended every 10 years.
  • Cologuard - recommended every three years
    • This screening choice is appropriate for low-risk patients with no personal or family history of polyps
  • FIT (FOBT) single-vial screening - recommended every calendar year

Ask your healthcare provider which test is best for you.

Comprehensive Health Assessment (CHA)

Call 321.434.6712 to schedule your CHA. You can choose to get this at a physician office or in the comfort of your own home. It takes about one hour, with plenty of time to discuss all your health concerns, your medications, and recent treatments. This exam is completely voluntary and will not affect your healthcare coverage in any way. The CHA and any health screenings you receive during the visit are provided at no additional cost to you.

Call 321.434.6712 to schedule your annual CHA. Find out if you're eligible for a $50 gift card after completing your CHA.

COVID-19

For the most up to date information on COVID-19 please refer to hf.org/staywell/ or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Depression Screening

Research has found that depression affects the ability to function in all areas of your daily life for people as young as 12 years old. Depression is affecting an estimated 120 million individuals worldwide.

Depression symptoms may improve significantly when collaborating with your primary care provider and mental health specialist to screen, diagnose and treat as needed. We recommend you speak with your provider about a depression screening at your next visit. You can visit the provider directory at myHFHP.org/directory to find a PCP in your area. Or call Optum to find a behavioral health provider at 1.877.890.6970 (TDD/TTY:711).

Diabetic A1C Blood Test

Controlling your blood sugar reduces your chances of damage to your heart, eyes, kidneys and blood vessels. Partner with your healthcare provider to track your A1C (average sugar level) over the past three months. This screening is different from blood sugar checks you do each day and can help you make healthy changes to your diet, exercise and treatment. Call your primary care provider to schedule this test at least once a year.

Diabetic Eye Exam (Retinopathy)

One in three people have a form of diabetes and don't even know. High blood sugar levels can damage the tiny veins in your eyes and can cause permanent vision problems. Contact your physician or healthcare provider to have a retinal/diabetic eye exam completed once a calendar year. To find an eye care provider in your area, visit myHFHP.org and click on "Find a Doctor."

Diphtheria Toxoid Vaccine (Tdap or Dtap)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends every adult should get a Tdap vaccine once if they did not receive it as an adolescent to protect against pertussis (whooping cough), and then a Td (tetanus, diphtheria) or Tdap booster shot every 10 years.

Kidney Health Screening

Detecting protein and other waste products from creatinine in the blood and urine may indicate kidney damage from high blood sugar levels. Team up with your healthcare provider to monitor your kidney health by having two simple covered tests. Kidney health can be measured with a urine protein test that checks for albumin and creatinine and a lab draw to measure creatinine levels. Call your primary care provider to schedule these tests at least once a year.

Preventive Dental Care

Regular dental visits are important to assist with early detection of early stage diseases such as gum disease or tooth decay. Links have also been seen between cardiovascular disease and gum disease. Even without symptoms, you may still have dental problems. Please schedule your next routine dental cleaning soon. To discuss your coverage, contact our Customer Service team at the phone number located on the back of your member ID card.

Shingles Vaccine

Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Shingles is a painful rash that usually develops on one side of the body, often the face or torso. The rash consists of blisters that typically scab over in 7 to 10 days and clears up within 2 to 4 weeks. Some people describe the pain as an intense burning sensation. For some people, the pain can last for months or even years after the rash goes away. Your risk of getting shingles increases as you get older. Shingles vaccination is the only way to protect against shingles.

CDC recommends that healthy adults 50 years and older get two doses of the shingles vaccine called Shingrix (recombinant zoster vaccine), separated by 2 to 6 months, to prevent shingles and the complications from the disease. Your doctor or pharmacist can give you Shingrix as a shot in your upper arm. If you have questions about Shingrix, talk with your healthcare provider.

Skin Cancer Screening

According to the CDC, a skin cancer screening is used to look for signs of skin cancer; it is not used to diagnose cancer. A skin cancer screening is a visual exam of the skin that can be done by yourself or a healthcare provider. The screening checks the skin for moles, birthmarks or other marks that are unusual in color, size, shape or texture. Certain unusual marks may be signs of skin cancer. Any abnormalities found will require further testing from your healthcare provider.

Protection from ultraviolet (UV) radiation is important all year, not just during the summer or at the beach. The hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Daylight Saving Time (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. standard time) are the most hazardous for UV exposure outdoors in the continental United States.

To get additional assistance to set up a cancer screening, call our Customer Service team on the phone number located on the back of your member ID card.

Vision Exam

Regular eye exams are an important part of finding eye diseases in early stages and can help maintain your vision. An eye care provider may even be able to identify other conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes, sometimes before symptoms become apparent. Per CDC, early detection is important to prevent some common eye diseases, as seen below:

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  • Cataracts (clouding of the lens), the leading cause of vision loss in the United States
  • Diabetic retinopathy (causes damage to blood vessels in the back of the eye), the leading cause of blindness in American adults
  • Glaucoma (a group of diseases that damages the optic nerve)
  • Age-related macular degeneration (gradual breakdown of light-sensitive tissue in the eye)

Ask your ophthalmologist about a regular eye exam. To find one in your area, visit the provider directory at myHFHP.org/directory.

Last updated: 01/06/2021