Get Your Child Caught Up on Lifesaving Immunizations
If you have children, chances are, you started getting back-to-school store offers and emails the minute the 4th of July was in the books. There’s no denying it, summer’s flying by, and soon families will be preparing for the start of the school year. That means it’s time to schedule your child’s well-child exam/sports physical at RiverView Health.
Well-child exams are essential to your child’s health care and should be done annually. Well-child visits allow your provider time to check your child’s physical and mental health and overall sense of well-being.
Well-child exams allow for
- Observation of growth and development
- Detection of illness by screening examinations
- Immunization maintenance
- Counseling and education of parents and children
- Promotion of mental health
COVID’s Effect on Children’s Health
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many children missed checkups and recommended childhood vaccinations during the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics report that the time to catch up on routine well-child exams and vaccinations is now. Vaccines will protect your child from serious diseases that are easily spread.
Well-child visits are a great time to discuss any concerns you might have about your child. If they aren’t doing well academically, socially, or if there are problems in the family, this is an excellent time to reach out for help. Your provider can help you access many resources, such as other medical professionals, counselors (child and/or family), and local programs.
To get the most out of your child’s visit:
- Prepare a list of things you would like to discuss with the provider and bring that list with you to the visit.
- Don’t be afraid to discuss a subject that concerns you.
- Talk to others around you who spend time with your child – teachers, grandparents, parents of peers, etc. They can help you identify any issues you might not have noticed.
Check with your insurance company; most insurance policies cover the cost of well-child exams.
Sports Physicals Offered at Same Appointment
If your child is going into the 7th grade or above and plans to participate in sports, they can get a well-child exam and sports physical at the same appointment. If this is your intention, let the patient access representative know when you call to schedule an appointment.
The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) requires students have a physical exam every three years, typically before entering 7th and 10th grade. The sports physical is an opportunity to address exercise-specific issues, including injuries, nutrition, training and exercise programs, and even attitudes toward sports participation.
While a RiverView sports physical meets all of the requirements for participation in sports by the MSHSL, a sports physical is not intended to replace a well-child exam. A well-child exam is much more comprehensive and includes reviewing immunization records, medical history, and family history.
To speed up your child’s in-person appointment, fill out the MSHSL’s sports physical form and bring it to the
appointment. Click here for the form.
To schedule a well-child exam/sports physical, please call your preferred RiverView Clinic: Crookston, 281.9595; Fertile, 945.6695; and Red Lake Falls, 253.4606.