Back to School Prep with MinuteClinic®
It’s hard to believe that kids are gearing up to go back to school in the Fall. But, its true and parents and their kids are shopping for school supplies, back to school essentials and preparing for early morning wake up calls.
It also means that its time for wellness check ups and obtaining medical forms from practioners, either verifying that your child is in good health, has receive up to date vaccinations and is cleared for sports by getting an old-fashioned physical. Luckily, our partner CVS MinuteClinic® has nurse practitioners and physician assistants for physicals and immunizations to get your kids ready for back to school.
Nurse practitioners and physician assistants† are ready to:
- Review health history and immunizations
- Perform a thorough physical exam
- Complete and stamp required paperwork
Also called pre-participation physicals, sport physicals are a great way to make sure an athlete can safely play. Even if your state or school doesn’t require it, sports physicals also help to keep immunizations up to date and provide an opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have. The MinuteClinic® website and kiosks have information and videos to help understand more about exams and articles on health and wellness; to learn more, click HERE .
What to know before your visit:
- Insurance is not accepted for physicals at MinuteClinic® and payment is due at time of visit.
- Bring any required forms including a completed health and immunization history.
- Our practitioners can only verify immunizations administered at our clinics or with appropriate documentation.
- A sports physical should not replace an annual wellness physical.
- For a limited time, there is a $10 discount available on the CVS website.
Help your kids boost their stamina and include the fit 5 in their diet: quinoa, kale, chia seed, peanut butter & pickle juice. If you are lucky, your sports fiend is adventurous and will try all of these in their diet, but I’m pretty sure my soon to be 7 year old will just stick to good old-fashioned peanut butter!
Back to School Health also includes vaccinations including meningitis and pertussis (whopping cough) before attending school. My soon to be Kindergartener is getting ready for her last round of shots and as much as she dislikes them, the pain is worth it for her, since she gets to pick out a lollypop from the Dr’s office. Probably not the best for a 5 year old, but if it means keeping her safe, then the tears and candy are worth it!
Find out the requirements for meningitis shots in your state HERE, and the requirements for pertussis shots HERE. Children and young adults are among the highest at risk for meningitis. MinuteClinic can administer meningitis vaccines to anyone over 18 months in most states. Pertussis is a contagious respiratory disease that can cause serious illness, especially in infants too young to be fully vaccinated. To prevent pertussis, infants should be vaccinated as soon as they are old enough. MinuteClinic recommends that those over 18 should get a booster vaccination immediately if they haven’t received one. More information on vaccines and immunizations HERE.
Don’t forget – you can get $10 off a sports physical from now until September 7th and a FREE Johnson & Johnson coupon book with $29 worth of savings!
Disclosure: I have received promotional consideration from MinuteClinic and Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. All opinions are my own.