National Immunization Awareness Month: A Guide to a Healthy Immunization Year

August 14, 2023

Young child getting a back to school annual checkup at AFC Urgent Care Marlborough with an immunization update

It’s "National Immunization Awareness Month," is your child up to date on their vaccinations? This month serves as a crucial reminder to prioritize your child's health and well-being through comprehensive physical examinations, particularly focusing on immunizations. AFC Urgent Care Marlborough is dedicated to providing exceptional care during back to school physicals, aligning perfectly with the goals of this important month.

Annual Physicals Are Necessary For Your Child’s Medical History

It's called an annual physical for a reason. The system needs updating on any recent conditions, injuries and evaluation for potential health risks. An annual back to school physical will help build your child’s medical history so that in case there was ever an emergency, a doctor will be able to perform prompt treatment. 

Maintaining a thorough medical history saves time and enables healthcare professionals to provide effective treatment, including prescription refills and the management of conditions such as asthma. Additionally, it offers a holistic understanding of your child's overall health. If your child plans to participate in fall sports, their physical fitness can be assessed during the examination. Moreover, a complete physical includes a comprehensive review of vaccination status. Based on their medical record, they may require updated immunizations to ensure maximum protection throughout the school year.

Renewing Vaccinations: Improving Your Child's immunity

Is your child up to date on their vaccinations? Schools require a prerequisite of vaccinations before your child can attend. All 50 states and DC require vaccinations for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis; polio; measles and rubella.

Why is it important to renew immunizations? We all have a different vaccine schedule to follow that helps build our immune systems to fight off against diseases that can pose a potential harm to our health. But, it’s not just about us. It’s about everyone else and making sure our little tater tots are not spreading their germs to others who are at a higher risk of getting sick.

Immunizations Are Also Required For Incoming College Students

Make sure you check with the particular school he/she is attending to find out their immunization requirements as they often differ slightly. Usually, they have a list on their website or at their health services department.

Here is a list of the most common vaccinations required by most colleges and universities:

  • Meningitis 
  • Hepatitis B
  • Influenza
  • Tetanus 
  • Diphtheria 
  • Pertussis

AFC Urgent Care Marlborough: Everything Your Child Needs For a Healthy School Year

Since kids will be kids, we are predicting that the risk for spreading germs will go up this school year. So bring your forms! AFC Urgent Care Marlborough is here to help give your child a comprehensive back to school physical and immunization update.

AFC Urgent Care Marlborough warmly welcomes both walk-ins and appointments, providing easy access to comprehensive back to school physicals. We are open 7 days a week, with extended hours on weekdays from 8 am to 8 pm, and weekend hours from 8 am to 5 pm. Most insurance plans are accepted. 

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