While making it through our lengthy winter, summer and next fall may be the farthest things from your mind. But now is the time to think about those times of the school year and make sure your children are medically prepared for their activities.
ThedaCare Physicians pediatrics and family medicine have a few things parents should keep in mind:
The WIAA requires all high school athletes to have a physical every two years. The physicals can be done any time after April 1 to qualify for the next two-year period. With many fall sports starting practice in August and the sheer number of athletes needing physicals, it’s better to get in sooner rather than later for the check-up or else your child may be sitting on the sidelines. Make an appointment NOW!
Several summer camps require participants to have physicals in advance or health forms signed by a physician to make sure children are well enough to participate in activities. Look through camp information carefully to see if a physical or additional vaccinations are needed and plan a visit to your medical provider.
Do you have a child entering kindergarten or a new school in the fall? Schools require a health history form on file so the spring is a great time to get a physical scheduled and to make sure your child is up-to-date on all of his or her vaccinations. It’s easier to get this scheduled in the spring rather than waiting until August when you may be busy with other back-to-school activities, like shopping and filling out other school-related paperwork.
And vaccinations aren’t just for kids entering kindergarten; there are also vaccinations for pre-teens, teens and students heading off to college. Talk with your medical provider to find out what your child may need.
By planning ahead now, you can focus on other activities to help your child get ready for camp, school, or playing sports.