Back to School Physical Examinations and vaccines catchups

We at Caring Pediatrics are determined to provide your child with the best care possible. Most schools require back-to-school physicals and vaccine catchup. We encourage all our current patients to call our office at (602) 610-7337 and book an appointment ASAP so your child is ready for school. You can also book an appointment online at

A back-to-school physical, also known as a school or sports physical, is a medical examination that is often recommended for students before they return to school or participate in organized sports activities. It is typically conducted by a healthcare professional.

The purpose of a back-to-school physical is to assess a student's overall health and physical readiness for the upcoming academic year or sports season. It involves a comprehensive evaluation that may include the following components:

  1. Medical history review: The healthcare provider will ask questions about the student's past medical conditions, surgeries, allergies, medications, and any family history of certain illnesses.

  2. Physical examination: The provider will perform a physical examination, which may include measuring height, weight, blood pressure, and heart rate. They will also assess various body systems, such as the heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, throat, and musculoskeletal system.

  3. Immunization review: The healthcare provider will ensure that the student's immunizations are up to date and may administer any necessary vaccines, depending on the student's age and vaccination requirements.

  4. Vision and hearing screening: A basic vision and hearing test may be conducted to detect any potential problems that could affect the student's learning or participation in activities.

  5. Discussing concerns: This is an opportunity for the student and parents/guardians to discuss any concerns or questions they have about the student's health or well-being.

 The specific requirements for a back-to-school physical may vary depending on the country, state, school district, or sports organization. Some schools or sports leagues may require a physical examination annually, while others may have different intervals, such as every two years or for specific grades. It is recommended to check with your school or sports organization to determine their specific requirements.

Overall, a back-to-school physical aims to ensure that students are in good health, identify any potential health issues, update immunizations, and provide an opportunity for healthcare professionals to offer guidance on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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