Back To School Physical: The Annual Checkup You Don’t Want To Miss!

July 27, 2022

Young kid getting an annual checkup at AFC Urgent Care Natick before going back to school

Have you booked your child’s back to school physical yet? Let’s help you cross it off your checklist. Whether they decide to play a fall sport or need updated immunizations, a physical at AFC Urgent Care Natick will help cover all of this so that your little trooper is prepared for the 2022 school year. Here is what you should know about getting your child a physical.

An Annual Physical Will Build Your Child’s Medical History

Why is it important for your child to get their annual back to school physical? The truth is, it’s for their growth and development. You never know when life will throw them a curveball and when there is an emergency, at least they will have a medical file with their history on it. 


 

Getting your child a back to school physical will 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. A full physical will help determine if they have any physical limitations like asthma or any weight issues. This is important because if they need medical attention or a prescription for an inhaler to keep with them while they participate in sports, they have everything on file. 

In addition to this, a full physical will look into things unrelated to sports like vision, hearing, lab testing and immunizations.

Back To School Physicals Will Also Include Vaccinations

You can expect your child to also renew their vaccinations during their back to school physical. If your child missed a vaccine or two, AFC Urgent Care in Natick will help get them back on track for their vaccine schedule.

Kids/teens ages 0-18 have a very specific vaccine schedule to follow so that they are protected from some of the most common diseases circulating in the U.S. It is also important that your child stays updated on their immunizations so that they can protect others who are at high risk of getting sick.

Children and adolescents usually require these vaccines when going to elementary to high school to protect against these common diseases in the U.S:

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

College Freshmen: Specific Vaccine Requirements Are Listed on the School’s Websites

Most college students or incoming freshmen will need similar updated vaccines as the list above, but if you’ve skipped the doctor’s visit, you might need to play catch up.

If they haven’t already, they need to double check with their school if any of these vaccines are on the list as a prerequisite in order to dorm:

  1. Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  2. Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  3. Meningococcal
  4. Influenza
  5. COVID-19

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

Get Your Child’’s Annual Back To School Physical At AFC Urgent Care Natick

AFC Urgent Care Natick is now accepting walk-ins and appointments for back to school physicals. We are affordable, convenient and we provide quality care to all of our friends and families in the Natick community. 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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