It’s that time of year again — kids are heading back to the classroom. Getting school supplies for the students in your life is probably just one of the many things you have on your plate. Something else to put at the top of your to-do list is back-to-school doctors’ appointments.
From young kids to college students to the adults of the house, everyone can benefit from staying up to date on their checkups and vaccines. We’re here to help you stress less during this busy time. Use our checklist to guide you for a smooth start to the school year.
✅ Annual Physical Exam
You may think the yearly physical is only necessary if your child plays sports, but preventive care is beneficial for everyone. Ensure that your child is being examined by their doctor annually for any issues with vision, hearing, and overall physical health. And remember that regular checkups are important for adults, too!
✅ Recommended Vaccines
You should always follow your doctor’s recommendations for vaccinations, and remember that many immunizations are specific to age, sex, and weight.
Td or Tdap vaccines may be on your child’s list if they are seven years or older and have not received the vaccine before, as well as on your own list if you have not received it before, or if it’s been ten years or longer since your last shot. Tdap can prevent tetanus, which comes from cuts or wounds, and diptheria and pertussis (whooping cough), which spread through close contact with infected people.
Some other commonly recommended vaccines for kids are those for HPV (human papillomavirus), usually for children between nine and 12 years of age, and MMRV (measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox), usually for children between 12 months and 12 years of age.
✅ Flu Shot
The flu vaccine should always be on your yearly wellness list! Everyone six months and older can help prevent the spread of the flu, which can be serious for seniors and other vulnerable people. Plus, it can help you and your kids miss less work and school due to illness. Keep in mind that the flu shot changes every year, so even if you’ve gotten it before, it’s time to get it again.