Annual Physicals And Immunizations: Add It To Your Checklist!

August 14, 2023

Little girl smiling because she got immunized at AFC Urgent Care in Torrington so that she can start the school year with confidence

As we observe "National Immunization Awareness Month" in August, it is essential to prioritize our children's health. This is the perfect time to renew immunizations and schedule annual check-ups, ensuring our elementary and college students are prepared for potential health risks in the upcoming school year. With our kids being exposed to various germs, it becomes crucial to prevent the spread of these germs to immunocompromised family members.

Whether your child is heading off to college or joining a sports team, a back to school physical is a necessary step to ensure they are ready to participate and maintain good health throughout the year. AFC Urgent Care Torrington is here to assist our friends and families in navigating the process of back to school physicals for both elementary and college students.

Why Does Your Child Need Immunizations?

Immunizations during a physical play a crucial role in tracking the growth and development of children and adolescents. By scheduling a physical, important health information can be documented and monitored like vaccine schedules and if they’re up to date. 

Having this documented information readily available allows our medical professionals to provide appropriate treatment when needed.

Immunizations Your Child May Need

Everyone has a vaccine schedule. Specifically, children in elementary and teens in middle school and highschool should follow their recommended immunization schedule. 

The CDC lists the most common vaccinations a child has to get from ages 0-18. Here are the most frequently required immunizations from schools around the country: 

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

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

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 Kids Need Their Immunizations, Too! 

Each college or university may have its own set of immunization requirements, so it's important to check with your child's specific school's Health Services department. 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:

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

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 all the necessary "COVID" vaccine requirements on your back to school checklist.

AFC Urgent Care Torrington is Here For Your Well Being 

At AFC Urgent Care Torrington, we welcome both walk-ins and appointments for back to school physicals and immunizations. You can simply walk right into our clinic without an appointment, ensuring convenient access to healthcare. 

Our clinic is open seven days a week, ensuring we are available when you need us. We accept most insurances. Experience the ease of our online payment system, providing you with the same convenience as walking in or scheduling an appointment to pay your bill. With just a few clicks, you can effortlessly settle your payment.

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