It’s back-to-school time again…. Children all over the world are heading back to classrooms and schoolyard playgrounds. While those environments are nearly impossible to regulate, there are many preventative measures a health-conscious parent can take for a healthy start to the school year:
- Schedule a wellness visit. Child wellness visits are eligible for sharing as per the American Academy of Pediatrics well-visit recommendations. Children, ages 2 and up, are eligible for sharing once/year after the first 60 days of membership. Children under 24 months of age are eligible for more frequent visits, even during the first 60 days of membership.
- Get vaccinated; It’s just not worth the risk. Vaccines are eligible for sharing, subject to the annual pre-share amount and co-sharing maximum after the first 60 days. Don’t forget to ask your provider for VFC (Vaccines for Children) vaccinations, which are provided at no charge for self-pay, uninsured patients.
- Schedule an eye appointment. Don’t let your kids strain their eyes. Make an appointment with your eye doctor TODAY.
- Hand washing is one of the most important ways we can prevent the spread of illness in the classroom and elsewhere. By teaching your child how to wash his/her hands properly, you can help he/she reduce the risk of getting sick.
- Boost your child’s immune system. Keeping your child’s immune system strong is an important way to stay healthy and ward off illness during the school year. Getting enough sleep, maintaining a healthy diet, managing stress, exercising, and emphasizing hand washing can help reduce your child’s risk of getting colds, the flu, and other infections.