Tips and Reminders for Back-to-School
It’s August and we know what that means – the beginning of a new school year is right around the corner. It’s now time for last-minute supply runs, making doctor’s appointments, and planning the perfect outfits for the first week of school – especially if your student is making their transition back to full-time in-person learning. Steward Health Care wants you and your family to have the smoothest and healthiest transition back to school this year and we’re here to help!
August is National Immunization Awareness Month: another reminder for people of all ages about the importance of getting vaccinated against harmful diseases. Without vaccines, you and your child may be at risk for contracting serious illnesses, and it is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it after falling ill.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) we have been able to
prevent the contraction of some of the worst diseases in history, such as mumps, polio, measles, coronavirus, and influenza. The CDC also cites that some immunizations like the HPV vaccine – recommended for all preteens 11 or 12 years old – can prevent up to 90 percent of HPV-attributable cancers, so staying current on all immunizations is essential to keeping our children, families and communities safe.
Staying up to date on immunizations isn’t the only step you and your family should take to ensure a healthy start to the school year. Scheduling an annual physical exam with your child’s pediatrician is an important part of keeping kids healthy. They offer a chance for parents and children to talk to their doctors about developmental and safety issues and monitor any health changes. Yearly physical exams are required by many schools and they:
- Allow children to partake in sports teams and extracurricular programs at school
- Give schools updated information on any recent health developments, prescriptions, and changes in overall well-being
- Bring a sense of safety and security to families
As we kick off a new school year together, let’s make sure we start with a healthy and strong foundation, by getting any necessary vaccines and scheduling an appointment with your child’s primary care physician. To find a pediatric specialist in our network, please visit Steward DoctorFinder™ or call 800-488-5959.