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To Do List: Check Your Child's Health

Preparing your kids to go back to school is more than just checking off the list of school supplies, new shoes and clothes. Your child's health also is a crucial factor

Check Your Child's Health

Schedule an appointment with your primary care physician for a yearly physical exam and up-to-date immunizations for each child in your household.

Choose the Right Option for Your Busy Family

To schedule an appointment for a back-to-school physical or sports physical, or for back-to-school immunizations, please visit JCL.com/practices.

Immediate and urgent care locations accept walk-in and weekend appointments to accommodate families with busy schedules.

Immediate and Urgent Care Locations and Hours

  • Gavilan Peak Family Practice
    3648 W. Anthem Way, A-100
    Anthem, AZ 85086
    623-434-6444
    Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    Sat. - Sun. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Saguaro Family Practice
    18404 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite 101
    Phoenix, AZ 85032
    602-992-1900
    Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    Sat. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Scottsdale Healthcare Urgent Care Plus
    13843 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85032
    480-323-3366
    Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    Sat. - Sun. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Deer Valley Medical
    6206 W. Bell Road, Suite 1, Glendale, AZ 85308
    480-323-3366
    Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    Sat. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Arcadia Family Clinic
    4131 N. 24th St., Suite B102, Phoenix, AZ 85016
    602-955-6632
    Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

"No matter what their grade or age, preparing your child's development and overall wellness is an absolute must," said Stephen Williams, DO, of Gavilan Peak Immediate Care in Anthem. "The goal is to ensure the patient is in overall good health and to prevent any serious medical condition or injury from occurring."

Physical Exams

An annual physical exam is also an opportunity to catch any health problems before they become serious.

What's involved in a physical exam:

  • History: A historical background and update of the child and family medical history will be noted. This is your chance to mention any concerns you may have regarding your child's health.
  • Vital signs: Blood pressure, heart rate, respiration rate and temperature.
  • Heart exam: With a stethoscope, the doctor can detect an irregular heartbeat, a heart murmur or other clues to heart disease.
  • Lung exam: Using a stethoscope, a doctor listens for crackles, wheezes or decreased breath sounds for signs of asthma or other complications.
  • Head and neck exam: The doctor checks the ears, nose, sinuses and lymph nodes for any abnormalities.
  • Abdominal exam: The doctor listens for bowel sounds with a stethoscope, and presses on the abdomen for tenderness.
  • Neurological exam: Nerves, muscle strength, reflexes, balance and mental state are assessed.
  • Range of motion: The doctor looks for abnormalities or injuries that may limit participation in physical activities.

To schedule an appointment for a back- to-school physical or sports physical, please visit JCL.com/practices. Immediate and urgent care locations accept walk-in and weekend appointments to accommodate families with busy schedules.

Immunizations

Nearly 20 million cases of infectious diseases and 42,000 deaths are prevented each year in the United States through timely vaccination, according to EveryChildbyTwo.org.

"Your vaccination decision affects not only the health of your child, but also your family, your child's friends and their families, and your community," said Shaun Dekutowski, MD, of Glendale Family Medicine.

"Vaccinations are safe and effective and are only given to children after a long and careful review by scientists, doctors and health care professionals," said Corina Veatch, MD, of Cave Creek Family Medicine.

Some diseases that can be prevented by vaccines can result in prolonged disabilities and take a financial toll because of medical bills or long-term disability care.

"Parents ultimately have the final say when it comes to vaccinating their children," said Dr. Dekutowski. "It is my job to provide my medical knowledge and explain concretely what information is out there including the risks and benefits of vaccinating."

If you have questions about vaccinations or need to get up-to-date on your child's immunization schedule, please visit JCL.com/practices.

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