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Good Question: Why do our children have to get school physicals?

Summer vacation is winding down for students all across Central Kentucky.

In fact, the first day of school in Fayette County is August 11th.

That means parents will be making a list and checking it twice making sure they are ready.

Good Question: Why do our children have to get school physicals?

Soon school buses will be hitting the roads and backpack strapped students will hit the classrooms.

Before they do so, school officials want to know they're healthy.

"We are over run with physicals," said Dr. Katrina Hood a Lexington pediatrician.

Dr. Katrina Hood admits she is busy this time of year.

For a soon to be sixth grader, getting his back to school physical is the order of the day.

The reason, its required by law for all incoming kindergarten and sixth grade students.

"Those checkups involve hearing test, vision test, vaccination reviews, we also highly recommend and the American Academy of Pediatrics supports yearly checkups on all children," said Dr. Hood.

While Dr. Hood looks for the obvious health issues, she says these checkups, if done yearly can also help make sure your child is a better student.

Some simple questions can help determine how your child is progressing year to year in the classroom.

"If a family doesn't come for checkups and we don't start looking for: are they doing well with behavior in school, are they reading well, are there math skills adequate, reading, writing skills. All the things that are important for a child to have a successful school career, if we miss those opportunities then a child could fall behind," said Dr. Hood.

Records are important too, Dr. Hood says to make sure you bring all of your child's vaccination records with you when you schedule a physical.

The Fayette County Health Department will provide special clinics for school physicals July 19th-Sept. 17th for children ages 3 and up.

The physicals will be held at the Public Health Clinic South, 2433 Regency Road. Same day appointments can be made by calling 288-2483.


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