Back-to-school Health ChecklistLast updated: Aug 04, 2014
Before starting school, your child
should have certain checkups, medical tests,
and vaccinations to help protect his or her health
throughout the school year.
Children entering preschool should have:
- Screening for vision and hearing
- Testing for food allergies if necessary
- A dental checkup
- Vaccinations for
- Chicken pox
- Flu (influenza)
- Hepatitis A and B
Children entering grade school should have:
- Screening for vision
- An influenza vaccination
- A physical exam that includes discussion about all medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, weight and nutrition concerns, activity level, allergies, and attentional and behavioral problems
Be sure to tell your pediatrician about all your child's allergies. He or she can tell you whether your child should be vaccinated or see one of our allergists.
Middle school students should have booster vaccinations for meningitis, pertussis,
Teens Benefit From Visiting Their Doctor
"Even if their vaccinations are up to date, middle school and high school students can benefit from having a physical examination," says Summit Medical Group pediatrian Michelle Bender, MD, FAAP. "In many cases," Dr. Bender adds, "the exam provides an opportunity for teens to discuss important issues with their doctor, including emotional, sexual, and medical concerns."
"In addition to getting boosters for certain vaccines, some adolescent boys and girls are being vaccinated with Gardasil® to protect against the human papillomavirus (HPV) associated with risk for cervical and other cancers," says Dr. Bender. Learn more about sexually transmitted infections.