Preparing for Back to School
Dr. David Hartung, Schneck Primary Care - July 30, 2020
Summer is almost behind us!  Back-to-school days are here, and it is a great time to schedule an annual checkup with your child’s doctor. These yearly exams are so important for assessing your child’s well-being, building their medical history, and updating any charting or paperwork on file with your doctor. For students entering kindergarten, a routine physical, eye exam, and dental exam may be required. For students playing sports in junior high and high school, a physical exam may be required before the student may begin practice. Check with your child’s school ahead of the doctor visit to make sure you have any required paperwork ready at your appointment.

Vaccinations throughout childhood are essential for building immunity against life-threatening diseases. When children are starting school (ages 4-6) they may need to provide an immunization record to enroll in school. At this age, children should be getting additional doses of vaccines such as chickenpox, DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis), MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), and Polio as well as a yearly flu shot. Elementary children (ages 7-10) will typically only need an annual flu shot, as long as their immunization record is up to date. Preteen students (ages 11-12, usually entering 6th Grade) will need to receive the HPV (a cancer causing virus), Meningococcal (a bacteria that can cause meningitis), and Tdap (similar to DTaP but different doses for older kids) vaccines in addition to a yearly flu shot. Your primary care physician can work with you to maintain an up-to-date immunization record. For more information on recommended vaccines, visit the CDC website.

The COVID-19 pandemic will certainly change what back to school looks like in 2020! While the schools and our local Health Department determine the best next steps to keep our children healthy at school, families can do their part by scheduling routine wellness checks with their primary care provider and completing back to school exams and vaccinations. We want what’s best for you and your children’s health, and we want you to be knowledgeable and comfortable with all routine immunizations and recommendations. If you have any questions about keeping your child safe, ask your doctor at your child’s upcoming visit!

We look forward to seeing you, so please schedule an appointment for your child with one of our caring doctors today!

Schneck Primary Care 
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Dr. Hartung attended the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. He joined the medical staff of Schneck Medical Center in 2005.

Dr. Hartung sees patients at Schneck Primary Care at the Schneck Professional Building location in Seymour.