Back to School, Back to the Doctor

By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., ACCESS Media Relations Specialist
April 6, 2016

Back to School, Back to the Doctor

By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., ACCESS Media Relations Specialist

It's hard to believe that a new school year will be starting soon. Amid picking out school supplies and meeting new teachers, don't forget to make a trip to the doctor's office for your child's back-to-school physical.

Why are annual physicals so important?

"It's important to be proactive about your child's health and continually screen for potential health risks," says Daneen Woodard, M.D., ACCESS Regional Medical Director. "That's why I believe physicals are the best way parents can ensure their child is both physically and emotionally healthy and ready for the upcoming school year."

Additionally, in Illinois, school physicals are mandatory for children entering kindergarten, sixth grade and freshman year of high school.

What can I expect from a physical?

You can expect your provider to:

  • Measure your child's height, weight, blood pressure and pulse.
  • Check your child's eyes, ears, nose, throat, lymph nodes, heart, lungs and abdominals for any abnormalities.
  • Assess your child's neck, spine, shoulders, arms, wrists, elbows, knees, legs and feet.
  • Make sure your child has his/her updated immunizations.
  • Review your medical history.
  • Ask you and your child about any concerns you may have about his/her well-being.

Physicals are hassle-free and ensure the health and safety of your family. ACCESS offers comprehensive and affordable school physicals. We also offer sports physicals and physicals needed to enter college.

​To schedule your child's physical, click here