Ready To Go Back To School? Don’t Forget To Get Your Vaccines!

August 14, 2023

Annual physical examination with immunizations at AFC Urgent Care Vernon offered 7 days a week by appointment or walk-in

During August, as we observe "National Immunization Awareness Month," it's crucial to prioritize our children's health. This is the perfect time to renew immunizations and schedule annual check-ups, preparing our elementary and college students for potential health risks in the upcoming school year. Given that our kids will be exposed to various germs, it's essential 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 Vernon is here to assist our friends and families in navigating the process of back to school physicals for both elementary and college students.

Help Your Child Build Their Immunization Record With A Back To School Physical

Physicals 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. This becomes particularly important for children with conditions such as asthma or weight issues, as regular physicals help ensure their well-being is consistently monitored and managed.

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

Is Your Child Following Their Vaccine Schedule?

It's important to note that your child may require vaccinations during their physical, following the recommended vaccine schedule. Vaccinations play a vital role in building natural immunity and preventing the occurrence and spread of diseases.

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 ensuring your child is properly vaccinated. AFC Urgent Care Vernon 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 Students Need Their Vaccines, 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:

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.

Get Your Child Immunized For The School Year at AFC Urgent Care Vernon

At AFC Urgent Care Vernon, we welcome both walk-ins and appointments for back to school vaccines and check ups. 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, ensuring accessible healthcare for all. Uncover the convenience of our online payment system, where settling your bill is made as effortless as walking in or scheduling an appointment. With just a few clicks, you can swiftly and easily pay your bill

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