It is close to the end of summer for children so that means the beginning of school and school and sports physicals. If a child does not have a physical on record by the start of the school year, he or she could miss out on the upcoming fall sports season or even be subject to exclusion from school if an exam is not completed by October 15.
Dr. Jeremy Gerwe, a pediatrician with St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Medical Group (SMGSMG) Pediatric Clinic in Mt. Vernon, encourages parents to schedule an appointment. He also encourages parents to plan ahead, “Bring along your child’s immunization record and all medications they are currently taking – even over-the-counter ones”.
The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education requires various physicals and examinations before a child enters the following grades.
• Kindergarten – comprehensive health examination, proof of required immunizations, dental examination, and eye examination
• Second grade – comprehensive dental exam
• Sixth grade – comprehensive health examination, proof of required immunizations, dental examination
• Ninth grade - comprehensive health examination, proof of required immunizations, dental examination
• A student enrolling for the first time in a school - comprehensive health examination, proof of required immunizations, dental examination
In addition to the above, any student new to Illinois or planning to participate in competitive school sports is required to undergo a health examination for the upcoming school year. St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Medical Group staff report health care providers are looking at a child’s medical history and that of his/her family for patterns of illness. The medical history is a very good indicator of potential conditions.
SMGSMG is making it easier to schedule a physical that best fits in with busy summer plans. They have offices in Benton, Carlyle, Centralia, Mt. Vernon, Nashville, Salem and Wayne City. SMGSMG’s team of experienced healthcare providers offers high-quality care with convenient schedules. For a full list of SMGSMG providers and clinic locations, visit www.smgsmg.com.
Dr. Gerwe held a special clinic at the Primary Center in Mt. Vernon. He states, “I have participated in this since opening my practice and enjoyed every moment of it. It is convenient to parents and prepares children to start the school year.” Dr. Gerwe sees children of any age and those attending any school, not just the Primary Center.
SMGSMG reminds parents and care givers of their prices for school physicals at $40 each and sports physicals at $30 each. At these prices, they will not bill insurance companies but rather ask for payment at the time of service.