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Is a Well-Child Exam on Your Back to School List?

Cassandra Bulau, MD, Family Medicine, ACMC-Lichfield

As the new school year approaches your child's back to school list begins. Backpack, check. Notebooks, check. Pencils, check. But what about an appointment with their doctor? It may not be as fun as a new pair of shoes but a well-child visit is an important step needed to prepare your kids for school.

An annual well-child exam will help to ensure that your child's development is on track. During their exam the doctor will measure your child's height and weight, perform screenings for physical, emotional and social development, check vision and hearing, check blood pressure and provide valuable information on keeping your child healthy. This is also a good time for parents to ask questions about their child and address concerns they may have regarding the child's development.

Your doctor will also review your child's medical history and immunization status, scheduling necessary vaccines for their age bracket. Minnesota State Law requires your children to have certain vaccines in order to be enrolled in both public and private schools. Use the list below to check off what vaccines your child will need to begin school this fall.

For Kindergarten:

  • Hepatitis B (3)
  • DTaP/DT (5)
  • Polio (3)
  • MMR (2)
  • Varicella (2)

For 1st through 6th Grade:

  • Hepatitis B (3)
  • Tentanus/Diphtheria (3)
  • Polio (3)
  • MMR (2)
  • Varicella (2)

For 7th through 12th Grade:

  • Hepatitis B(3)
  • Tdap (1)
  • Polio (3)
  • MMR (2)
  • Meningococcal (1)
  • Varicella (2)