National Immunization Awareness Month: Build Your Child’s Immune System One Year At A Time!

August 14, 2023

Two girls getting a physical at AFC Urgent Care West Springfield because they need updated immunizations before going back to school

As we celebrate "National Immunization Awareness Month" in August, it's the perfect time to prioritize your child's annual physical to ensure they are well-prepared for the upcoming school year. This isn't just any routine physical—it plays a crucial role in promoting immunization awareness and safeguarding your child's health. AFC Urgent Care West Springfield is committed to providing comprehensive care during back to school physicals, aligning with the mission of this important observance.

Back to School Immunization And Check up

Did you know that a back to school physical is the cornerstone of your child's medical history? By scheduling an annual physical, especially before the school year begins, you actively contribute to building their medical records. This comprehensive evaluation not only aids in early detection of health issues but also ensures you are well-informed about your child's past illnesses, injuries, and immunization records.

Having a well-documented medical history saves time and facilitates better care as your child grows older. Prescription refills and managing conditions like asthma become easier when all relevant information is readily accessible to medical professionals.

Vaccinations: Add it to your checklist

Immunizations are an integral part of back to school physicals.

It is important to make sure your child is getting the right vaccines according to their vaccine schedule (ages 0-18). Staying up to date on this can build immunity and protect others who are at high risk of getting sick.

Schools typically require certain vaccinations for enrollment. Here's a list of commonly required vaccinations:

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

College Freshmen Need Back to School Vaccines Too!

Immunizations are equally important for college students, especially incoming freshmen. Each college may have specific requirements, so it's crucial to familiarize yourself with the immunization guidelines of your child's chosen institution. Protecting your child's health through vaccinations aligns perfectly with the goals of "National Immunization Awareness Month."

Sports Physicals Are Not Back To School “Comprehensive” Physicals

It's important to note that back to school physicals and sports physicals serve different purposes. While sports physicals focus on evaluating an athlete's fitness and readiness for physical activities, back to school physicals encompass a more comprehensive assessment of your child's overall health and medical history. Both are valuable in promoting a healthy lifestyle.

If your child did not undergo a sports physical during the summer but plans to participate in a fall sport, AFC Urgent Care West Springfield can accommodate both a sports physical and their annual physical during a single visit.

Visit AFC Urgent Care West Springfield for Back to School Physicals and Immunizations!

As we observe "National Immunization Awareness Month," AFC Urgent Care West Springfield is dedicated to providing the highest quality care during back to school physicals and immunizations. We prioritize the health and well-being of your child. Visit us today to ensure your child is ready for a healthy and successful school year. Together, let's embrace the spirit of immunization awareness and protect our community's health!

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