Back-to-School Vaccinations, Tests, and Checkups
Last updated: Aug 31, 2012, 06:00 AM
By Joy Pierce Mathews for Summit Medical Group
In addition to having the right school supplies for academic activities, your child needs certain vaccinations, medical tests, and checkups to ensure good health throughout the school year.
Children entering preschool should have:
- Screening for hearing and vision
- Hepatitis A and B
- Chicken pox
- Testing for food allergies if necessary
- A dental checkup
Children entering grade school should have:
- Vision screening
- An influenza vaccination
- A physical exam that includes discussion about all medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, weight and nutrition concerns, activity level, allergies, and attentional and behavioral problems
"If you've been hesitant about getting certain vaccinations for your child because he or she has an allergy to eggs, our program can help!" says Summit Medical Group pediatrician Allison Gurey Wasserstein. Dr. Wasserstein adds, "Tell your pediatrician about all your child's allergies. He or she can tell you whether your child should be vaccinated or referred to our allergists."
Middle school students should be vaccinated with boosters for tetanus, pertussis, and meningitis.
Teens Benefit From Visits With Their Doctor
Even if their vaccinations are up to date, teens as young as middle school can benefit from having a physical examination and the opportunity to discuss emotional, sexual, and medical concerns with their physician at the start of the school year. In addition to getting boosters for certain vaccines, some adolescent boys and girls are being vaccinated with Gardasil® to protect against the human papillomavirus (HPV) associated with risk for cervical and other cancers.
If your teen is expecting to see his or her doctor, download our helpful Questions for Your Doctor to take to the appointment. Having it handy can help your child remember important things to ask during the visit.
For more information or to schedule an appointment,
please call Summit Medical Group Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
To keep the start of your child's school year sailing smoothly,
submit your child's school health forms to us early!
Please allow at least 2 weeks
for us to complete and return the forms.
There is a $10 fee per school health form.