Schedule Back to School Physical
It may seem like summer just started, but it’s actually not a bad time to schedule your child’s back-to-school physical. Nurse Rose Melendez, RN, shares why it’s important to schedule your child’s back to school physical.
When should parents schedule back to school physicals?
Nurse Rose: Although students here in Montgomery County schools don’t go back until Sept. 5, you may want to schedule your child’s back-to-school physical four to six weeks ahead of time since those appointments tend to fill up. It’s also important to take your own family’s vacation plans into account when scheduling these appointments.
Why might a school physical be necessary?
Nurse Rose: Many school districts require back to school physicals for students participating in sports, and for first-time students enrolling in a new school district.
Schools usually require physicals for one of these reasons.
- Immunizations: It’s a great time to ensure that your child is up-to-date on his or her vaccines and many schools require certain vaccines like the flu shot. This protects against illness like measles, polio, tetanus and the mumps and helps decrease the spread of dangerous diseases.
- Student athlete safety: It’s important to ensure that your child is healthy and has a chance to discuss managing health conditions, like asthma, that may flare up during physical activity.
- Opportunity to check development: Your child’s doctor will check all of your child’s body systems to ensure there are no problems, allowing for early intervention if any issues are detected. It also gives you the chance to check in with the doctor on any problems concerning you or your child.
How can parents find out what the medical requirements are for their child’s school?
Nurse Rose: Most schools will provide parents with the necessary physical paperwork when enrolling in a new school or for a sport. But to be safe, parents should check their county school district website or ask the school nurse.
Rose Melendez, RN
Head of Emergency Department
Rose Melendez, RN is the head of the Emergency Department and Nursing Administration at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital.
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