Why School Physicals Are Important

Why School Physicals Are Important

Did you know that a school physical is required before your child attends school? School physicals are an excellent way to help prevent illness and detect potential medical problems early when they are easily treatable. Dr. Eva Chan and Dr. Jackyln Chan at Fairway Children’s Medical Group in West Covina, CA, provide comprehensive medical services for children, including school physicals.

What You Need To Know About School Physicals

When your child visits the pediatrician for a school physical, there are some important steps involved. During a school physical, your pediatrician will:

  • Perform a comprehensive physical examination
  • Check your child’s respiration, eyes, nose, throat, and ears
  • Perform a vision and hearing screening
  • Record your child’s height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, and temperature

In addition to a thorough physical examination, your pediatrician will also make sure your child is current on required immunizations. Immunizations are also a requirement for your child to attend school. According to the Centers for Disease Control or CDC, required immunizations from birth to age 18 are:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
  • Haemophilus influenza type B
  • Polio
  • Pneumococcal conjugate
  • Rotavirus
  • Measles, mumps, rubella
  • Chickenpox
  • Hepatitis A
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Meningococcal conjugate (ACWY) 
  • Meningococcal conjugate (B)
  • Flu

Immunizations protect your child and others your child comes into contact with, including other children, your child’s teachers, your family members, and you.

School physicals are an important part of what your pediatrician does. Yearly school physicals can help your child stay healthy during the school year and beyond.

Want To Know More?

To learn more about the importance of school physicals, call Dr. Eva Chan and Dr. Jackyln Chan at Fairway Children’s Medical Group in West Covina, CA. You can reach them in the office by calling (909) 594-3382, so call today.

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