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Who needs a physical exam this summer?

If can be hard to know if you really need to bring your child into the office for a physical exam during the summer or if another time would work just as well.  We encourage all of our families to follow the schedule recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics--see FAQs at our site.  However, school systems and the State of Illinois have their own rules.

Children entering preschool, kindergarten, sixth grade and ninth grade in Illinois need a full physical examination within one year of entry.  (Headstart requires that the exam be done after March 1.)  Children switching schools ( e.g., the family moved), usually need a new physical too.  We will help you determine at the time of the office visit if your child has received all required and recommended vaccines.

Children who will participate in fall interscholastic sports have to get a full physical examination done too.  Some schools require that the exam be done within one year of the start of the season.  Others want the physical completed within one year of the end of the fall season for that sport, e.g., November for football.

Other athletic organizations, camps, youth organizations, daycares, employers, etc., have their own rules, which are too varied to list here.  Carefully check the guidelines for your activity or group so that your child does not miss out on something.  Please call the office whenever you need a physical and/or vaccines.  We'll be happy to see you!

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