It is always a good idea to ensure that your child is ready to start the school year in the best shape possible.
Back to school – it is almost here. No matter what grade your child is about to start, there is one early task you should not overlook: the back-to-school checkup.
Pioneer Healthcare Clinic, a reputable provider of primary care in Mesquite, Texas, lists down some common back-to-school checkup questions that most parents have.
Why do schools require children to have proof of their health physicals?
School health forms verify that children have been seen for routine, well child exams. Schools want to guarantee that their students have up-to-date immunizations, that they are ready and healthy for school, and that they have the proper health screenings.
What immunizations are necessary at each grade level?
Immunization schedules may differ according to the state, school district and university or college. Prior to entering kindergarten, children should have completed their Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTaP), Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR), Varicella (Chicken Pox), Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) Hepatitis A (Hep A), Hepatitis B (Hep B), Rotavirus (Rota), Haemophilus (Hib), Pneumococcal (PCV13), and Polio (IPV), vaccines.
Prior to entering college, students should have additionally completed their 7-year version of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV4), Meningococcal (MCV4), and Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) vaccines.
Rotavirus (Rota), Haemophilus (Hib), Polio (IPV), Pneumococcal (PCV13), Hepatitis B (Hep B), Hepatitis A (Hep A), Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) and Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccine series.
What else happens at back-to-school checkups?
Depending on your child’s age, we may recommend certain screenings like vision or hearing testing, or blood work screening to test things like anemia or cholesterol levels. Back-to-school checkups are a great time to talk about nutrition, sleep, diet, or other health concerns about recent illnesses or injuries.
Preparing Your Children for School
With our state-of-the-art facilities, skilled physicians, and personalized care services, we ensure that your child is ready and healthy for school.
We welcome same-day appointments and walk-in patients.
Vishnu Maya Upadhyay
DNP, ARNP, WHCNP-C, FNP-C
Pioneer Healthcare Clinic
1200 East Davis Street, Suite 113
Mesquite, TX 75149