Back to school health checks

Last minute health checks before school year starts

Students in Savannah Chatham County Public Schools go back to school next week. Your children may not be ready, but many parents aren't either.

Here’s what you need to know about their health checks:

  • style="line-height: normal;">If your child is new to the school system, you'll need to turn in a Georgia shot record.
  • style="line-height: normal;">If your child turned four or 11 in the past year, there are some required vaccines they'll need to get.
  • style="line-height: normal;">If your child plans on playing sports, most schools require a doctor to clear your child to play and you must turn in a physical participation form.
  • style="line-height: normal;">For kindergarteners, there's the vision, hearing and dental checkup.

One thing that's going to be different this year is your child's flu vaccine.

"Most years, the flu vaccine is either a shot, muscular or a nasal spray. This year, they will not be doing the nasal flu vaccine. It'll all be injections," said Dr. Ben Spitalnick, American Academy of Pediatrics.

The Center for Disease Control is not recommending the use of the nasal flu spray this year due to its efficacy. It's not quite time yet to get that shot, but you'll learn more from your doctor once they get the vaccine in.

Dr. Spitalnick said it is, however, time to start putting your children to bed a little earlier.

"Getting back on a proper sleep cycle is important for school success. Do not wait until the night before school to get your child to bed because they won't get to bed on time, and they'll have a groggy first day," he said.

Dr. Spitalnick said if your child went off their ADD or ADHD medicine for the summer now is also the time get prescription refills.

He recommends you start your child back on the medicine a few days before school starts.

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