August Back to School Month

As the summer winds down and we get ready to go back to school, it is important to remember to schedule your child’s back-to-school wellness visit.  And if your child is going to participate in school sports, they will need a sports physical.  All our providers are available to deliver these important services for you, your infants, children, and adolescents! In fact, Drs J Matthew and Cara Brown are board certified in adolescent medicine as well as family medicine and look forward to providing comprehensive care for your teens.

Just as it is important for adults to have wellness checks, children’s wellness checks should be done yearly!  Vaccines are one of the best ways to keep your child healthy and safe.  Missing wellness visits for your child could put them at risk.

Did you know that vaccination rates around the country have fallen sharply due to the COVID-19 pandemic?  This is leaving many children unvaccinated and unprotected against 16 infectious diseases.  On May 8, 2022, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published new data that documents what doctors around the nation have been reporting for weeks: many, many children have missed receiving important immunizations to protect them against diseases like measles, meningitis, and whooping cough.  As a pediatric health care provider this is incredibly worrisome.  We do not want to return to a time when parents had to worry that their infant could die of meningitis or measles – especially when we have vaccines to prevent these potentially devastating diseases.

Immunizing infants, children, and adolescents is important and should not be delayed.  The other concern is that children who have missed vaccines have also missed other critical health care that occurs during pediatric visits, including physical exams, developmental and mental health screenings, and other important care.

Our offices are open and ready to safely provide well-care, sick-care, mental health screenings, immunizations, physicals, and more. Please call our office to get your child’s wellness or sports physical appointment scheduled!


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