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Health Checkups and Vaccinations for School Kids

What Parents Need to Know

In the dog days of summer, it’s hard to think about back-to-school preparations. But it’s the perfect time to schedule an appointment if your child is due for a checkup or needs vaccinations. Most schools require a current medical form be on file before the first day of school. This is true for preschoolers through new college freshmen. So plan ahead. Find out if your child needs to complete medical requirements and get it done.

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Medically Reviewed By: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS | Last Review Date:

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Medical References

  1. Back to School, Back to the Doctor. American Academy of Pediatrics. https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/gradeschool/school/pages/Back-to-School-Back-to-...
  2. Records & Requirements. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/records-requirements.html
  3. School Starts Soon—Is Your Child Fully Vaccinated? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/features/catchupimmunizations/
  4. State Laws on Dental “Screening” for School-Aged Children. Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors. http://www.astdd.org/docs/final-school-screening-paper-10-14-08.pdf
  5. State-by-State Vision Screening Requirements. American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. http://www.aapos.org/resources/state_by_state_vision_screening_requirements/.
  6. AAOS-SRS-POSNA-AAP Position Statement: Screening for Idiopathic Scoliosis in Adolescents. Scoliosis Research Society. https://www.srs.org/about-srs/news-and-announcements/position-statement---screening-for-the-early-de...
  7. Screening for Health Conditions. National Association of State Boards of Education. http://www.nasbe.org/healthy_schools/hs/bytopics.php?topicid=4100
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