Fall is just around the corner, which means families everywhere are preparing to send their kids back to school. Parents, as you begin to gather school supplies and familiarize yourself with the reopening health and safety guidelines at your child’s school, there is another aspect of their back-to-school prep that shouldn’t be overlooked: their routine Well-Child visits.
Bringing your child in for their annual checkups or their recommended vaccinations is one of the best things you can do to ensure that they are at their healthiest as they enter the new school year.
Welcome Back to Well Visits
Even under current circumstances, your child’s health and wellness are always essential. Not only is it safe for you to bring your child in for their annual back-to-school physicals and checkups, but it is strongly encouraged that you do so. These Well-Child visits are essential for monitoring your child’s ongoing growth and development and for staying up-to-date on their critical preventative care.
We understand that life gets hectic, and finding time to schedule a Well-Child visit can be tricky. If you are unable to schedule an in-person visit or are not comfortable coming back in to your pediatrician’s physical office just yet, that is completely ok. Virtual appointments are available for patients who would prefer to remain socially-distanced during their routine visits with their primary care physicians.
Virtual appointments take place over phone or video chat, and can be scheduled for most of the visits that would normally take place in your doctor’s office, including routine checkups or unplanned visits for illness or other concerns. Of course, there are some things that simply can’t happen virtually. When in-person care is required, South Shore Health is committed to keeping patients as safe as possible, and is strictly adhering to all social distancing, masking, and sanitation guidelines at our physical locations.
Has your child fallen behind on their recommended immunizations? Preventative vaccines don’t just strengthen your child’s immune system – they save lives. This is why your child’s schools and youth sports teams require that they be vaccinated according to the Center for Disease Control recommended schedule.
In addition to protecting your child from dangerous diseases, vaccinations also limit your child’s risk of infecting others. If you are unsure about whether or not your child is behind on their recommended vaccinations, your pediatrician or primary care physician will be able to help you determine your child’s care needs and schedule their Well-Child visit.