It’s hard to believe it’s almost that time again – time to start preparing for the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year! We hope the resources and advice below help make the return to school as healthy and stress-free as possible for your child and your family.

Embrace the Transition

Get Ready for Back to School! Tips from Pediatricians Going from laid-back summer days to the rigid routine of school can be a challenging transition. Below are some resources our experts created to help smooth out the back-to-school bumps so you and your child can fully embrace the excitement that comes with a new start!

General Advice

Advice for Young Children

Advice for Teens

Be a Flu Fighter!

One simple step you can take to stay healthy this school year is to make sure everyone in your family over 6 months old gets their flu shot. CHOP Primary Care patients can schedule a flu shot with their Primary Care office. Many commercial pharmacies also offer easy, convenient flu shot appointments, as do local departments of health (for example, the City of Philadelphia offers walk-in flu shots at many health centers, and a flu clinic finder). Talk to your child’s pediatrician about options for getting the flu vaccine.

Schedule Physicals and Immunizations

To help fully protect your child against routine childhood illnesses, make sure they are up to date on their immunizations. Schedule a well visit and back-to-school physical early so you’re in good shape when the school year hits.

Get Ahead of Health Forms

Whether your child is entering daycare or school, or wants to participate in organized recreational activities, you may be asked to fill out a health form detailing your child’s medical history.

Health forms are typically completed at the time of your child's physical exam. Please remember to bring the forms to your child’s visit. Here are some examples of Health Forms you may be asked for.

If You Need It: Use Our New Urgent Care Feature

With the return to school comes more exposure to germs. If your child’s pediatrician is not available and your child needs care urgently, our new online pre-arrival check-in tool allows you to start the check-in process for Urgent Care visits before you arrive, and it saves your spot in line!

Visit our Urgent Care web page, select the nearest Urgent Care Center, and click the button that says, “Save My Spot.” This starts the pre-arrival check-in process, saves your place in line and lets us know you're on your way.

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