During the summer months, many pediatric offices are busy with calls from parents requesting back-to-school exams. Please take advantage of these visits to make sure all immunizations and age-appropriate tests and screenings are complete. We encourage you to:
Provide assurance and support to parents hesitant to fully vaccinate their children, to help them reach an informed decision.
Include the BMI score when recording height and weight, and plot corresponding percentiles as appropriate.
Encourage parents to schedule a visit with their child’s dental provider if their child hasn't seen a dentist in the past year.
Since children are more available during the summer, now is also a good time to identify and reach out to members on your panel who haven't been to the office recently, invite them for a visit and bring them up to date on needed preventive services.