What to know about preventive care

A wellness exam is a good way to make sure everything checks out

When you schedule your wellness exam with a network provider, your visit may come at no added cost.1

Get your preventive care checkup checklist

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Heading to your wellness exam?

Checking in on your health and getting recommended preventive care may help paint a more accurate picture of your overall well-being — and that’s a good thing to know. Here’s what you might expect at your visit.

Guidelines for:


  • Annual flu vaccine
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s the best way to protect you and your family from the flu.1
  • Body mass index (BMI) assessment
    Your BMI is an estimate of your body fat based on your height and weight. It provides a quick way to learn if you are at a healthy weight.3
  • Blood pressure screening
    Keeping your blood pressure in check is an important part of maintaining good health.2
  • Cancer Screenings for adults
    Breast, colorectal, cervical, lung, and certain other screenings.

Newborns and Young Infants

You should discuss newborn screenings and vaccines with your baby's physician, especially if your baby was not born in a hospital.

Vaccines (Immunizations)

The flu and other vaccines are recommended for children and adults.  For updated information on the vaccine schedules, see CDC Immunization Schedules.

What’s the difference between preventive and diagnostic care?

Preventive Care

Preventive care — including wellness exams, screenings and immunizations — may help detect otherwise undetectable issues early, when health conditions are typically more treatable.2

Diagnostic Care

Diagnostic care helps diagnose or treat symptoms or risk factors that are already present.


  1. Certain preventive care items and services, including immunizations, are provided as specified by applicable law, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and state law, with no cost-sharing to you. These services may be based on your age and other health factors. UnitedHealthcare also covers other routine services, where some plans may require copayments, coinsurance or deductibles for these benefits. Always review your plan documents to determine your specific coverage.

    Insurance coverage provided by or through UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company or its affiliates.

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  2. The information provided is for general informational and illustrative purposes only and is not intended to be nor should be construed as medical advice or a substitute for your doctor’s care. You should consult with your doctor or an appropriate health care professional to determine whether making a lifestyle change or decision based on this information is appropriate for you. In an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
  3. MyHealthfinder; accessed 5/2019.

  4. American Academy of Pediatrics; accessed 5/2019.