Aug 18, 2015

Back to School with MinuteClinic

It's back to school time! I don't know about you but I'm not ready for the early school start time, homework, and my kids' activities. But ready or not, school starts next week and I still have some things to do so we are ready for the school season., like getting sports physicals for my kids. Did you know you can get a sports physical or college physical at MinuteClinic? I have received promotional consideration from MinuteClinic and Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc for this post. All opinions are my own.

How MinuteClinic Can Help with School Health Assessments and Immunizations 

My twins are stating Kindergarten this fall. Besides all the emotional issues attached to this milestone, there are also medical needs as well. For entry into Kindergarten your child needs a well check evaluation and updated immunizations. My poor twins were not happy that they needed four shots in order to go to Kindergarten.

Getting into your pediatrician for the health assessment can be difficult this time of year. Thankfully MinuteClinic is here to help you get your child's health assessment for kids entering Kindergarten through young adults going to college. 

Many schools and colleges require that students receive vaccinations including meningitis and pertussis (whopping cough) before attending school. Find out the requirements for meningitis shots in your state here, and the requirements for pertussis shots here.

Children and young adults are among the highest at risk for meningitis. MinuteClinic can administer meningitis vaccines to anyone over 18 months in most states. Pertussis is a contagious respiratory disease that can cause serious illness, especially in infants too young to be fully vaccinated. To prevent pertussis, infants should be vaccinated as soon as they are old enough. MinuteClinic recommends that those over 18 should get a booster vaccination immediately if they haven’t received one. To get more information on vaccines and immunizations click here.

Need a Sports Physical? Head to MinuteClinic 

Fall sports are just around the corner. When I was a teenager I got my sports physical in the school gym with about 100 other students. It wasn't exactly a pleasurable experience but at the time it was the easiest way to get a physical. Well times have changed and now you can get a sport's physical at MinuteClinic. Their nurse practitioners can review your child's medical history and immunizations. They can also perform a physical exam and complete any paperwork needed. Here are some sports tips to keep your child safe this year.

Fall Sports Tips
After an active summer, make sure to ease your kids back into their sports routine in the appropriate way.

  • When starting a new sport, consider a pre-season conditioning  program or camp to gradually build strength & endurance
  • Don’t let them jump in too fast - increase intensity, distance or duration of play by about 10% a week. This allows the body to rest, rebuild, recover & avoid injury
  • Help your kids boost their stamina and include the fit 5 in their diet: quinoa, kale, chia seed, peanut butter & pickle juice
  • Avoid cramping before game time and serve main meals 2-3 hours prior. If they really need something before a game, lighter snacks, such as granola bars, can be digested in 30 minutes

Savings Alert!
Here's to a great back to school season for you and your kids! With all the money you're spending you can stand to save some money. You can get $10 off a sports physical from now until 9/7/15 , and a FREE Johnson & Johnson coupon book with $29 worth of savings! You can find the closest MinuteClinic to you here.

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