LAS VEGAS – As families stock up on back-to-school supplies and enjoy the remaining days of summer vacation, HealthCare Partners Medical Group, a leading physician-run group of primary, specialty and urgent care providers in Southern Nevada, urges parents to ensure their children are caught up on required immunizations and other important health measures before they return to school.
Clark County School District requires children to receive immunizations before the start of the school year. There is good reason: Immunizations Clark County School District help prevent some of the leading causes of illness and death among children. The group’s physicians encourage parents take a multifaceted approach to back-to-school health, including scheduling their children for immunizations and flu shots, wellness exams and sports physicals.
“There are very simple steps families can take to ensure children return to school healthy and protected against illness,” said Dr. Muriel DeSimone, a HealthCare Partners pediatrician. “HealthCare Partners encourages parents to plan ahead and consider any and all health issues their children could face throughout the school day.”
HealthCare Partners offers families the following tips for ensuring children enjoy a healthy and happy back-to-school school transition:
Get students immunized
Students enrolling in Clark County School District are required to provide up-to-date medical records indicating they have completed or at least started the following series of immunizations: four Dtap/DTP doses, a minimum of three polio doses, two MMR doses, one Tdap dose before entering seventh grade, two Hepatitis A doses, three Hepatisis B doses, and two chickenpox doses. Flu shots are also encouraged. Most insurance plans cover immunizations.
Schedule children for wellness checks
While not required by Clark County School District, HealthCare Partners encourages parents to bring children in for annual wellness checks. After the age of 3, a child should see a doctor once a year for a physical exam to help monitor the child’s growth and general health.
Schedule sports physicals for student athletes
Many schools require students complete a sports physical before trying out for a team. Parents should submit necessary medical forms before school deadlines, so kids don’t miss out on participating in athletics.
Keep children on consistent sleep schedule
Parents should set bedtimes for children before school starts, to prepare them for waking up earlier in the morning.
Keep germs contained
To prevent spreading germs, students should be encouraged to wash their hands for 15 seconds after coughing, sneezing, eating or visiting the restroom. It also helps for children to cough and sneeze into tissues. Sick children should be kept home from school.
Find the right backpack
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, backpacks are the leading cause of back and shoulder pain for millions of students. It’s important to purchase backpacks with supportive straps across the waist or chest that help redistribute weight. Roller bags are also convenient alternatives to backpacks, though parents are encouraged to call schools to confirm if the wheeled bags are allowed on campus.
HealthCare Partners cautions parents against waiting to schedule pediatric appointments. Planning ahead can mean more time with pediatricians to address concerns and potential issues.
For more information about HealthCare Partners Medical Group, please visit www.hcpnv.com.
About HealthCare Partners Nevada
HealthCare Partners Nevada is a network of approximately 290 primary care providers and more than 1,700 specialists. With approximately 100 primary care locations throughout Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Pahrump, Boulder City and Mesquite, HealthCare Partners Nevada is committed to delivering the highest quality of care to all of its patients. Through its Total Care Model, HealthCare Partners provides patient-centered, comprehensive primary, specialty, urgent care and hospice care services. Founded in 1996, HealthCare Partners Nevada is an affiliate of HealthCare Partners LLC, a wholly owned and independently operating subsidiary of DaVita HealthCare Partners.
For more information about HealthCare Partners Nevada, please visit www.hcpnv.com.