Aug 10, 2016

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Back-to-School Health

Back-to-School-HealthIt’s that time of year again. In a few short weeks, students will return to the classroom, and back-to-school preparations are in full swing.

One of the most important steps in ensuring students have a safe and healthy start to the year is taking them to get an annual physical. These exams, also known as well-checks, are especially important because they are often the only time a child visits the doctor each year. Physical exams not only detect potential health problems before they arise, but they can also provide an assurance of good health.

Routine Physical—During a routine physical, the staff records your child’s height and weight, blood pressure and pulse. In addition, the physician will perform a comprehensive check of your child’s heart and lungs, abdomen, eyes and ears, nose, and throat to ensure that no abnormalities exist.

Medical History Review—The doctor will review the medical history of your child and any close relatives to detect illnesses or diseases which might run in the family. This portion of the exam will also include listing any medications your child is taking, as well as previous or current illnesses.

Immunizations—Children are required to receive certain immunizations before entering school. Annual physicals are the perfect time to make sure that your child is up-to-date on all necessary vaccinations.

Call or go online as soon as possible to get into your physician and cross one more thing off your back-to-school list!

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