Back-to-School Health Checkup


Whether your child is entering school for the first time or about to graduate, back-to-school time is a good opportunity for parents to check up on their children’s health and make sure they’re protected against common childhood diseases and illnesses.

First on the list should be immunizations. Vaccination requirements can vary by state or school district. To find out exactly what’s required at your child’s school, contact the local school board.

Below are the recommended guidelines that have been approved by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on tetanus, and Polio

  • Pneumococcus

  • MMR ( that may require hospitalization.

    A series of hepatitis A vaccines may also be recommended starting at age 2 for children in some high-risk groups or areas. Check with your doctor or local public health department for more information. Annual are necessary because immunity to the flu virus does not persist and the strains of the flu vaccine need two doses of the vaccine, given more than one month apart. If possible, the second dose should be given before December. Annual vaccination is recommended after that point.

    Annual skin infection, such as fever, pain, swelling, or redness at the infestation site, or a discharge of pus.

    severe allergic reaction, there are still potential pitfalls at school that parents of children with eye, swollen eyelids, Chiropractic Association, a child’s backpack should weigh no more than 10% of his or her body weight.

    If your child routinely lugs around more than what’s recommended for her weight, try purchasing a backpack with wheels or one with a support belt to help distribute the weight more evenly.