How to Get the Most Out of School Physicals

In addition to crayons, pencils and glue sticks, one of the items on your back-to-school list should be school physicals for each child in your family. If you haven’t already made an appointment at RediClinic, now is the time to get physicals for school scheduled to avoid the last-minute rush!

back to school physicalsPlan Ahead for Your Visit

A school physical is an opportunity for your clinician to evaluate your child’s development and review any changes in his or her health. You should be ready to provide information about your child’s health and family history. It’s also a good idea to bring a short list of questions or concerns that you might have to the appointment.

Remember to bring any school forms that need to be completed by your clinician to your appointment. You should provide these forms when checking in to allow plenty of time for completion before you leave the appointment. You may also want to take notes during your RediClinic visit.

Ensure Immunizations are Up-to-Date

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend many vaccines to protect your child from life-threatening diseases throughout childhood and often into adulthood. Many states require that your child receive these vaccines prior to attending daycare, preschool and public school. During a school physical, your clinician can review your child’s immunizations to ensure they are current. It’s a good idea to get a copy of this record if you don’t have one.

Here’s a list of recommended vaccines for school-age children by age group. Consult your local RediClinic for a list of mandatory vaccinations for your state.

Ages 4-6

  • DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis)
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Polio
  • Varicella (chicken pox)
  • Flu shot (yearly)

Ages 7-10 – By this age, all immunizations should be current.

  • Flu shot (yearly)

Ages 11-12

  • Tdap vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis)
  • Meningococcal (meningitis)
  • HPV (human papilloma virus)
  • Flu shot (yearly)

Ages 13-18

  • Meningococcal booster at 16 years old
  • HPV (human papilloma virus)
  • Flu shot (yearly)

Schedule School Physicals Online

RediClinic now offers the convenience of online scheduling, so you can be seen by a board-certified clinician at a time that works for you – without the wait you might get at a doctor’s office. We’re open seven days a week with extended weekday hours. Schedule your online or walk-in appointment today!