Back-to-School Vaccines

  • By Todd Thornton
  • 15 Aug, 2017
Texas School Vaccinations

Get Your Children Immunized Before School Starts

Its back-to-school time, and vaccinations are a required part of the enrollment process. As the new school year is fast approaching that means parents will soon have to get their children registered, go back-to-school shopping and make sure their children are immunized before school starts. The minimum vaccine requirements for students in kindergarten through 12th grade are diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis, polio, measles/mumps/rubella, hepatitis B and varicella. Students in kindergarten through sixth grade must also get the hepatitis A vaccine, and students in grades seven through 12 must get a meningococcal vaccine.

The Texas Department of State Health Services says that all immunizations should be completed by the first day of school attendance. Students can be enrolled provisionally if their immunization records show they have received at least one dose of each specified age-appropriate vaccine.

What Vaccines Does My Child Need for School?

What vaccinations does my child need for school?

By the time your child enters kindergarten, required vaccinations include:

• MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)

• Polio

• DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis)

• Chickenpox

• A yearly flu shot

The average 11- to 12-year-old should receive these immunizations before school:

• Tdap (a booster for tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis)

• Human Papillomavirus (HPV, done in three doses)

• Meningitis (MCV4)

• A yearly flu shot

• Any missing shots from the list above or not received as babies, such as Hepatitis A vaccine

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Contact Medical Arts Clinic Today 979-245-5721 to Schedule Vaccinations

Medical Arts Clinic News Updates

By Todd Thornton 10 Nov, 2017
Most people who get the flu will have mild illness, will not need medical care or antiviral drugs, and will recover in less than two weeks. Some people, however, are more likely to get flu complications that can result in hospitalization and sometimes death. Pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections and ear infections are examples of flu-related complications. The flu also can make chronic health problems worse. For example, people with asthma may experience asthma attacks while they have the flu, and people with chronic congestive heart failure may experience a worsening of this condition triggered by flu. List below are the groups of people who are more likely to get serious flu-related complications if they get sick with influenza. Make sure you are prepared this Holiday Season for fun and not stuck in bed sick all Holiday Break. This is peak season for Flu Virus, with temperatures starting to drop, your immune system gets low and makes you more susceptible to catching virus. Our Team of Certified Family Physicians are here to make sure you receive Flu Prevention Shots, and if you get sick Our Team will provide you with Flu Treatments. Call and Schedule Your Appointment Today with our Family Physicians. (979) 245-5721
By Todd Thornton 15 Aug, 2017
Its back-to-school time, and vaccinations are a required part of the enrollment process. As the new school year is fast approaching that means parents will soon have to get their children registered, go back-to-school shopping and make sure their children are immunized before school starts. The minimum vaccine requirements for students in kindergarten through 12th grade are diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis, polio, measles/mumps/rubella, hepatitis B and varicella. Students in kindergarten through sixth grade must also get the hepatitis A vaccine, and students in grades seven through 12 must get a meningococcal vaccine.

The Texas Department of State Health Services says that all immunizations should be completed by the first day of school attendance. Students can be enrolled provisionally if their immunization records show they have received at least one dose of each specified age-appropriate vaccine.
By Todd Thornton 13 Jul, 2017
According to Caller Times in Corpus Christie the first case of the Zika Virus in Nueces County has been confirmed. The woman delivered a child in May at a Corpus Christi hospital, according to the Corpus Christi-Nueces County Health District. The woman told health officials that she was diagnosed with the Zika Virus early in her pregnancy while in Mexico.  This case is considered travel related, because the symptoms started while she was in Mexico where she went to the Doctor and got diagnosed as having the virus.
By Chris Thornton 15 Jun, 2017

You signed up your child for summer camp or sports, and now you discover that they need a physical before they can participate. Most sports leagues require children to have physicals completed before being able to play. It's not just sports many summer camps also require children to complete physical exam to ensure the safety and health of children participating in activities. Help your little camper have a happy and safe summer by scheduling a Physical Exam appointment with one of our Primary Care Physicians. 

Parents who delay scheduling these appointments until the last minute may have a hard time getting a convenient appointment time. If your child experienced a change in health status (illness, injury, medication change, etc.), regardless how minor, Physicians are required to medically clear the athlete for further sports participation. Even though Medical Arts Clinic does accept walk-ins, we highly encourage our patients to schedule an appointment. To prevent wait times, parents please make sure to have Physical Form completed and signed by Parent or Legal Guardian. 

By Todd Thornton 20 Mar, 2017

Here at our clinic, Dane Simons M.D., Juliane Zapalac P.A., and Kandace Steffek N.P. are all eager to start their new year by continuing to provide you with another year of quality healthcare. On another note, we would also like to remind everyone that it’s time for you to start being proactive about your healthcare by scheduling Annual Wellness Physicals with your provider.

What is an Annual Wellness Physical? Why is it beneficial?

An Annual Wellness Physical is a comprehensive physical exam tailored to your age, gender, and other specific risk factors. Risk factors may also be called health indicators. A few examples of health indicators consist of blood pressure, heart rate, weight, and other personal factors. Aside from that handful of statements, Annual Wellness Physicals allow you to be more in touch with your personal health by providing you with early detection for the following, diseases, mild illnesses that may become serious, and overall a better understanding of what you might need to do in order to live a healthy lifestyle.

Preparation:

When preparing for your Annual Wellness Physical, remember to provide your physician with your personal medical history, family medical history, an updated medication list, and updated shot record. The more your provider knows the better he, or she, is able to conclude your general health level. Finally, be sure to call ahead to schedule an appointment, and obtain the more specific details pertaining to your appointment/ Wellness Physical.

Conclusion:

Once the general physical is reviewed and completed by your provider, he, or she, may recommend other screenings, labs, and/ or immunizations based upon the data drawn from your visit. Typical diagnostic lab tests generally include a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP), Lipid Panel, and a TSH.

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