What To Expect For Your Child’s Back To School Physical

July 27, 2022

Back to school physicals for kids, teens and college Freshmen at AFC Urgent Care Worcester

Getting your child a physical before the school year begins is going to help them prepare for the unexpected colds, flu, injuries, and help diagnose any underlying issues that may be lying in wait. At the same time, it’s also a good way to build your child’s medical file so that incase of the unexpected, a doctor can treat them right away. Whether your child plans on joining a fall sport or needs to renew their vaccinations, a back to school  physical will cover all of this at AFC Urgent Care Worcester.

It’s Called An Annual Physical For A Reason

Children and adolescents need to build a medical history for two reasons:

  1. To monitor their growth and development
  2. To provide treatment in case of the unexpected

A medical record often contains information like weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, recent vaccines, asthma and any other health conditions. Getting a back to school physical can document all of this making it easier for them to get treatment if there were ever an issue. 

Expect Your Child To Get Their Immunizations Renewed During Their Physical

Depending on your child’s recommended vaccine schedule (ages 0-18), vaccines may be needed during their next physical. A vaccine helps build up your body’s natural immunity to a disease so that it can help prevent them from getting one and/or spreading the disease.

By law all 50 states require vaccinations before enrollment unless certain exemptions are met. All schools want your kids to be safe and to prevent any disease that can spread to others. Common vaccine preventable diseases that schools may require are influenza, meningitis and hepatitis B. 

Other disease preventable vaccinations that schools may require for back to school health forms are:

  • Tetanus 
  • Diphtheria 
  • Pertussis

More vaccine preventable diseases required by schools can be found for each state when getting vaccinated. 

If you are unsure of what immunizations are needed AFC Urgent Care Worcester can help vaccinate and answer any questions needed if your child is going to school in another state or country.  

College Freshmen Need Vaccines, Too!

Add these vaccinations to your college kid’s back to school list:

*But….Check with the particular school’s Health Services dept’ he/she is attending to find out their vaccination requirements; they are not always the same as grades k-12.  Usually the requirements are listed on their website. This may include newer vaccines, such as the COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots. Most colleges and schools are still requiring students to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as a prerequisite before attending.

Walk-in or Make An Appointment Online With AFC Urgent Care Worcester For A Back To School Physical

Get your child's physical on your August to-do list. If your primary care doc can’t see your child for months out, come see us instead! Seriously, don’t wait. We take walk-ins 7 days a week with no appointment needed. We also accept appointments so that you can cross “making an appointment” off your child’s back to school checklist


AFC Urgent Care Worcester  is your number one go to urgent care. We can help your child with immunizations, back to school physicals and questions concerning the new school year. We also accept most insurances.

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