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◊Updated Recommendation for Influenza (flu) Vaccination

On February 24, 2010 vaccine experts voted that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year starting with the 2010-2011 influenza season. CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for "universal" flu vaccination in the U.S. to expand protection against the flu to more people. ( )

◊Revised Recommendation for PAP Smears

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that women should have their first cancer screening at age 21 and can be rescreened less frequently than previously recommended.

ACOG revised recommendations are:

  • Women from ages 21 to 30 be screened every two years instead of annually.
  • Women age 30 and older who have had three consecutive normal (negative) Pap test results may be screened once every three years.
  • Women with certain risk factors may need more frequent screening, including those who have HIV, are immunosuppressed, were exposed to diethylstilbestrol (DES) in utero, and have been treated for abnormal Pap smears. Please consult with a physician regarding how often you need a Pap smear.

Women should still receive an annual physical, breast and pelvic exam, including STI testing when indicated.

For more information please contact a nurse or health professional in the Health and Wellness offices located in 1C- Rooms 111 and 112.