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The COVID-19 pandemic has overshadowed other medical subjects, including regular immunization and vaccination exams. However, parents shouldn’t forget that their kids are still vulnerable to other diseases that can be as deadly as the coronavirus. As such, it is important to have your kids vaccinated for these diseases before returning to school. Here is an overview of important vaccinations based on your child’s age and grade:

Vaccination Checklist

Ages Four to Six (Kindergarten)

  • Flu Vaccine (Flu)
  • Varicella Vaccine (Chickenpox)
  • IPV Vaccine (Polio)
  • MMR Vaccine (Mumps, Measles and Rubella)
  • TDaP Vaccine (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis)

Ages Seven to Ten (Elementary)

  • Flu Vaccine

Ages 11 to 12 (Middle School)

  • Flu Vaccine
  • HPV Vaccine (Human Papillomavirus)
  • TDaP Vaccine
  • Meningococcal Conjugate vaccines (MenACWY) (11 and over)
  • COVID-19 Vaccine (12 and over)

Ages 13 to 18 (High School)

  • Flu Vaccine
  • Serogroup B Meningococcal (MenB) vaccines (16 and over)
  • Meningococcal Conjugate vaccines (MenACWY) (booster dose for 16 and over)

Make sure the annual checkup covers your child’s social, developmental and emotional well-being. Some of the important conditions to look out for include diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol.

A Comprehensive Physical & Sports Exam

If you are considering placing your children in extracurricular physical activities, such as sports, some schools require a sports physical be completed before enrolling. A physical exam covers aspects including nutrition, injuries and exercise-specific issues. This is imperative to identify any underlying issues they may have concerning their overall physical structure and wellbeing.

Bard & Didriksen Pediatrics provides physical exams and can give you information on how to manage their involvement in these activities. However, it is also best to check your school’s sports policy before making the necessary commitments.

Get Your Child Vaccinated Today!

At Bard & Didriksen Pediatrics, we offer COVID-19 vaccinations for children 12 and over and many other immunizations, ensuring your kids are fit and healthy before going back to school. To learn more about which immunizations and physical exams are required for children to return safely to school, contact us and schedule a comprehensive medical checkup and sports exam for them today.