The start of school is just around the corner. It’s hard to let go of the relaxed days of summer and gear up for all the requirements that school brings. One is making sure your child has completed a physical if they are playing sports. Another is to make sure your child’s immunizations are up-to-date.
“The best way to do both at once is to schedule a well child visit, plus you get the added bonus of having completed a thorough exam for your child,” said Dawn Watts, Clinic Practice Manager with Prowers Medical Center.
The American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends every school-aged child receive a well child exam every year. Since they are deemed wellness visits, they are commonly covered by insurance and often without a copayment.
During a well child visit, your doctor assesses your whole child—considering not only their physical health but how they are developing socially and academically. If your child has asthma or allergies or other chronic issues, sleep troubles, digestive concerns, problems learning or interacting, this is the time to discuss solutions with your doctor. The sooner any concern is addressed, the better the outcomes will be.
“At Prowers Medical Group’s clinic, every child receives a thorough head-to-toe check up, including a vision screening, during a well child visit. We also discuss immunizations and can administer those to keep your child current. A sports physical form can be signed then as well,” Watts said.
You may remember that in years’ past you could receive a sports physical at PMC separately for $5. You still can, but this year only if your child’s immunizations are up-todate. It’s a new requirement from the state’s Vaccines For Children (VFC) program.
“We want parents to be aware of the change. We are happy to see them for sports physicals during walk-in hours but they should call ahead and have us check their immunization record to make sure they are up-to-date first. We don’t want to have to send anyone away,” Watts said.
Even if you have signed an opt-out form for certain immunizations, you will still be required to have a physician sign off to indicate it was discussed. Common childhood immunizations for school-aged kids include rotavirus, DTap or Tdap, polio, MMR, chicken pox, HepA, HPV, meningococcal B and pneumococcal. Upon entering elementary school and middle school are common times for a number of vaccinations.
“If immunizations are current, we invite you to walk in from 7:00 am to 8:30 am Monday through Friday for a $5 sports physical, or Saturdays between 8:00 am to 12:00 pm if you call ahead,” Watts added.
If it’s easier for you to get immunizations through the health department, that’s a good option, too. Then you can schedule a sports physical at PMC as long as your child’s record online is up to date. The cost for immunizations is approximately the same at PMC and the health department.
“We are working with schedules to get patients in for well child visits before school starts,” Watts concluded.
Prowers Medical Group
8:00 am – 7:00 pm, Monday – Thursday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Friday
7:00 am – 8:30 am, Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, Saturday
With seven providers, the clinic offers several appointments each week, with same-day appointments between 5:00 and 7:00 pm, M – TH to care for acute needs. Walk-in hours offer a limited number of visits.
403 Kendall Drive