FREEPORT (WIFR) -- Illinois children entering kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades as well as students in any grade transferring from another state are required to have a complete physical.
August can be a busy time for pediatricians and family practice physicians, so it’s best to make your child’s school physical appointment as early as possible.
A school physical is different from the sports physical needed by students who wish to play football, soccer or another sport. A school physical can fulfill the requirement of a sports physical (just let your provider know beforehand, so he or she can fill out the appropriate paperwork), but a sports physical does not meet the requirement for a school physical.
This year, in an effort to stop the spread of pertussis (whooping cough), the Illinois Department of Public Health is requiring all Illinois students entering grades 6 – 12 to have a TDaP (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccination. Parents will have until Oct. 15, 2013 to provide proof of vaccination or a scheduled appointment to receive the vaccine.
The State of Illinois also requires:
• Dental examinations for children entering kindergarten, second and sixth grades
• Vision examinations for children entering kindergarten and transfer students
If your child doesn’t have a healthcare provider, call FHN’s physician referral line toll-free at 1-877-6000-FHN (1-877-600-0346) ext. 945.