Protecting the Health of Children: Time for School Physicals
Now is the time to schedule back-to-school and sports physicals. Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, students must have a physical examination and all required immunizations before starting school. Healthcare providers are following stringent protocols to keep clinics safe for your family.
Family Medicine physician, Marina Gladson, MD, with Vista Physician Group explains, “Seeing your child in-person helps determine problems early-on. For children and adolescents, we check the growth, development, and well-being of children, including their emotional well-being. We’ve seen lots of children experiencing stress, depression and anxiety as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. You child’s doctor will be able to do a basic check of your child’s mental health during a physical or well-child check.”
At Vista Physician Group, all patients receive a pre-screening phone call prior to in-person office visits. If respiratory or COVID-19-like symptoms are present patients are seen in a separate, specially designated office to help reduce any possible exposure risks for other patients and staff members. “Your health and safety is our top priority at Vista Physician Group. We’ve enhanced our infection control protocols and disinfect patient rooms thoroughly in between appointments. All team members wear personal protective equipment, and we require all patients to wear masks as well,” added Dr. Gladson.