Immunization Awareness Month: Check off Vaccines And Check Ups

August 14, 2023

Kids headed back to school with new school supplies, new clothes and an updated physical with immunizations they got at AFC Urgent Care New Britain

August is a critical month for renewing immunizations and scheduling annual check-ups. Why is this important? Well, with the upcoming school year, it's crucial to prepare our elementary and college students for potential health risks. Our children will be exposed to various germs, which could be brought home and pose a risk to immunocompromised family members.

Whether your child is heading off to college or joining a sports team, a back to school physical is necessary to ensure they are ready to play and in good health for the upcoming year. AFC Urgent Care New Britain is here to guide our friends and families through the process of back to school physicals and immunization.

Building Immunization At An Early Age

Physicals play a crucial role in tracking the growth and development of children and adolescents. By undergoing physical, important health information can be documented and monitored. For instance, if your child has a health condition like asthma or weight issues, regular physicals help ensure their well-being is consistently tracked in the medical system.

Having this documented information readily available allows our medical professionals to proceed with appropriate treatment should your child require medical attention.

Immunization Requirements For Schools 

During your child's next physical, it's possible that they may require vaccinations according to their recommended vaccine schedule. Vaccines are essential in building natural immunity against diseases, helping to prevent the occurrence and spread of such diseases.

By law, all 50 states require vaccinations before enrollment in schools, with certain exemptions allowed. Schools prioritize the safety of your children and aim to prevent the spread of disease. Common vaccine-preventable diseases that schools may require include influenza, meningitis, and hepatitis B.

Other preventable diseases that schools may require vaccinations for on their back to school health forms include:

  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis

Specific vaccine requirements may vary by state, so it's important to refer to the applicable guidelines when getting your child vaccinated. AFC Urgent Care New Britain can provide the necessary vaccinations and address any questions you may have, especially if your child is attending school in another state or country.

***Free "Back to School Vaccinations" for Eligible Children (NEW)

It's important to note that eligible children, including those under the age of 19 with Husky or no insurance, those who are underinsured, or Native Alaskan, have the opportunity to receive free "back to school vaccinations." This initiative ensures that all children have access to vital immunizations, regardless of their insurance coverage.

College Students: Essential Immunizations for Specific Schools

It's important to check with your child's specific college or university's Health Services department to determine their immunization requirements, as they may vary. Typically, these requirements are listed on the school's website.

However, the following are among the most commonly required vaccinations by many colleges and universities:

Lastly, don't forget that your child or college student may also need to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters. Make sure to check with your child's school to ensure you have fulfilled the necessary "COVID" vaccine requirements on your back to school checklist.

Walk-ins and Appointments for Back to School Physicals And vaccinations

At AFC Urgent Care New Britain, we welcome both walk-ins and appointments for back to school physicals and vaccinations. You can simply walk right into any of our walk-in clinics today without an appointment. 

We are open seven days a week and ready to provide the necessary care. We accept most insurances, ensuring accessible healthcare for all. Explore the simplicity of our online payment system, offering you the same ease as walking in or scheduling an appointment when it comes to paying your bill. With just a few clicks, you can quickly and conveniently complete your payment.

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