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Back to School: A Handy Health & Safety Checklist

Aug 30, 2016 Health & Wellness Omeed Askari

It’s just about that time again: Time to switch from swimsuits to school clothes and from beach bags to backpacks. That’s the easy part. What about preparing your child to have the healthiest and safest school year possible? Here’s a handy checklist to help. 1. Schedule medical, eye, and dental checkups. Before school starts, check with the pediatrician to see if your child needs any immunizations. Vision and hearing tests are also a good idea, although schools perform hearing tests during certain grades.1 If your child is playing sports, ask the pediatrician whether a special checkup is needed. With certain sports, concussions can be a serious problem. Talk to the doctor about ways to protect your child.2 Remember, In California, every k-12 student is required to get their Tdap booster shot before starting the 7th grade. The DTaP vaccine is, or should have been, administered when your child was under the age of 7. Tdap is the booster shot kids get around age 11 or 12 to keep their immunity strong. Failure to get the Tdap booster can result in diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (aka whooping cough), which can quickly run rampant in schools in unimmunized children and adults. This...

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