August Is Time For Back to School Vaccinations And Physicals!

August 14, 2023

Little girl getting her immunizations updated during her physical at AFC Urgent Care Rocky Hill

As August arrives, bringing with it "National Immunization Awareness Month," it's crucial to prioritize your child's health. Amidst the flurry of preparations for the upcoming school year, let's emphasize the importance of immunizations and highlight the opportunity for eligible children to receive back to school vaccinations.

While you're busy with your back to school checklist, make sure to prioritize scheduling a comprehensive back-to-school physical for your child. Schools can be breeding grounds for bacteria, infections, and flu viruses. In addition to a thorough checkup, your child may need crucial yearly vaccinations, blood work, or guidance on preventing injuries during fall sports. Unlike a routine checkup, a back to school physical encompasses all these vital aspects.

At AFC Urgent Care Rocky Hill, we are dedicated to being proactive and supporting you with your child's back to school physicals and vaccines. Our objective is to provide your child with the necessary tools to maintain their health throughout the school year.

Annual Physicals And National Immunization Awareness Month

Yearly checkups play a crucial role in your child's growth and development. By scheduling an annual physical, especially before the start of the school year, you contribute to the establishment of a comprehensive medical history for your child. These checkups not only facilitate early detection of health issues but also provide valuable insights into your child's past illnesses, injuries, and immunization records.

For example, if you have concerns about your child's asthma, our healthcare professionals can assess their condition and develop a management plan to keep it under control throughout the school year. If your child has asthma and intends to participate in fall sports, the annual physical can determine their eligibility. Keeping detailed records eliminates the need for repetitive evaluations or asthma tests in subsequent years.

Free "Back to School Vaccinations" for Eligible Children

It's worth noting that eligible children, including those under 19 years old 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 essential immunizations, regardless of their insurance coverage.

Why Do Our Children Need Immunizations Before Going Back To School?

It's important to ensure your child's immunizations are up to date. Vaccinations play a critical role in protecting your loved ones from life-threatening diseases that can have long-term effects. Even if we may not directly encounter these diseases, taking preventive measures through immunization is of utmost importance.

Schools often have requirements for updated immunizations, including vaccinations for diseases such as meningitis, hepatitis B, influenza, tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. Depending on your child's age, there is a recommended vaccination schedule. If your child has missed a physical or an immunization, you can consult the CDC's list of the most common vaccinations for children aged 0-18.

Vaccination Requirements for College Students

Colleges may have specific vaccination requirements, especially for incoming college freshmen residing in dormitories. To ensure compliance, check your child's college website for Health Services, where they typically outline the requirements. If needed, reach out to the college directly for further clarification.

Additionally, many colleges and universities still mandate COVID-19 vaccines or boosters. It's advisable to consult your child's chosen institution for their specific requirements and ensure they receive all the necessary shots.

Typical vaccine requirements for incoming college freshmen may include:

While colleges and universities have their own immunization requirements, it's important not to solely rely on their list. Ensuring your students are fully protected is paramount for their well-being.

Preparing for Fall Sports: Combining Physicals and Sports Clearance

Please note that sports physicals do not replace regular annual physicals. Sports evaluations primarily focus on the athlete's health and their ability to engage in physical activities, whereas annual physicals provide a comprehensive overview of the patient's medical history.

If your child plans to participate in a fall sport, it's advisable to schedule both types of physicals during the same visit for convenience and comprehensive care.

AFC Urgent Care Rocky Hill Can Help Your Child With Their Immunization forms

If your child requires health forms to be completed, remember to bring them along. Visit AFC Urgent Care Rocky Hill, where our dedicated providers are available to address any questions or concerns you may have regarding physicals, renewing immunizations, and the necessary preparations for the school year. We are open seven days a week, from 8 am to 8 pm on weekdays and from 8 am to 5 pm on weekends. We accept most insurances!

Take proactive steps today - visit us without an appointment or schedule one to guarantee your child's health and set them up for success. Our online payment system offers the convenience of checking out as effortlessly as if you were walking into our establishment or scheduling an appointment. With just a few clicks, you can quickly and easily pay your bill. Eligible children can also take advantage of free "back to school vaccinations" as long as they meet the necessary requirements. Let's make immunizations a top priority during National Immunization Awareness Month and protect the well-being of our children.

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