Has it been a while since your child’s last annual visit to the pediatrician? Now is the perfect time to combine a checkup with a sports physical or immunization visit required for school-aged children.

Immunizations:

If your child is entering Mississippi schools for the first time certain immunizations are required. Most students get their first round of immunizations before Pre-K/Kindergarten and the second when entering 7th Grade. However, students of any age transferring to a Mississippi school for the first time will be required to show proof of immunization.

Pre-K/Kindergarten (between 4 and 6 years old) – DTaP, Polio, MMR, Chicken Pox. Some of these are combined, so there are only two shots but four vaccines administered.

Entering 7th Grade (between 11 and 12 years old) – TDaP, Meningitis, and HPV.

Many local health departments are not currently offering immunizations due to COVID. Immunizations are still required by school districts, so please schedule an appointment today to make sure your child is ready.

Sports Physicals

Due to COVID, many states dropped the requirement for sports physicals last school year. For the 2020-2021 school year, many schools are requiring new sports physicals to play sports.

Sports physicals are usually done at the same time as an annual visit and can also be combined with an immunization visit.

Don’t wait until the last minute! Summer pediatric appointments book up fast, so now is the perfect time to schedule immunizations and sports physical visits for your child.