School Season Is Almost Here: Have You Booked Your Child’s Back To School Physical Yet?

July 27, 2022

Young boy getting both a sports physical and annual physical at AFC Urgent Care Dedham before going back to school

Back to school means going back to the doctor. Why? Because school your child needs to prepare for the unexpected colds, flu, COVID-19, injuries and playing sports.

Whether they decide to play a fall sport or they need to renew immunizations, a back to school physical will cover all of that. Your child’s health is important and getting this more comprehensive physical will help them (and us) get a better picture of what they need in terms of treatment or preventing illness.

But, what happens if you can’t get an appointment with your primary care doctor? AFC Urgent Care Dedham is here to help our kids get their back to school physicals so they can prepare for a new school year. We take walk-ins with no appointment needed and we also take appointments, too!

Your Child’s Medical History Is Important!

Why is building your child’s medical history so important? 

A back to school physical at AFC Urgent Care Dedham will help determine if your child has any physical limitations like vision, weight issues, asthma or any other health condition. This is important because if they need medical attention or a prescription refill, they will have everything on file making it easier for them to get the treatment they need. 

Getting your child a yearly physical will also help build up a report on their overall health. If they plan on playing a fall sport, they can have their physical fitness tested during their physical. In addition to this, a full physical will also cover vaccinations. Based on your child’s medical record, they may need updated vaccinations for the new school year.

Plan For Your Child To Get Their Vaccinations Renewed

Your child may need to renew certain vaccinations prior to going back to school. You definitely want them to be up to date to avoid getting sick or getting others sick. This includes relatives and others at home that are immunocompromised. Kids are notorious for spreading germs. But, thanks to vaccinations, they can help reduce your child’s chances of getting sick and spreading it to others.

Everyone has a vaccination/immunization schedule (ages 0-18). Kids and adolescents usually require these vaccines when going to elementary to high school:

  • Influenza
  • Meningitis
  • hepatitis B
  • Tetanus 
  • Diphtheria 
  • Pertussis

***Most college students or incoming freshmen will need to update similar vaccines like the list above. This may include COVID-19 vaccinations. Most schools are still requiring that students get vaccinated for COVID-19. It’s best to check in with your child’s school and see if it’s a prerequisite before attending.

For more information on vaccine schedules for adults...aka college kids, click here (19 and up).

AFC Urgent Care Dedham Offers Comprehensive Back to School Physicals 7 Days A Week!

There’s no place better to get an annual check up than at AFC Urgent Care Dedham. We are affordable, convenient and we provide quality care to all of our friends and families in the Dedham community.

If you can’t get a physical with your primary care, then come see us any day of the week. You can walk-in without an appointment, or you can make an appointment online so you can have peace of mind that you checked off “back to school physicals” off your August checklist. 


Our doors are open 7 days a week with extended hours on the weekdays from 8 am to 8 pm and weekend hours from 8 am to 5pm. We also accept most insurances.

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