Vaccinations and Wellness Checks for School Aged Children—South Central Clinics Now Accepting Appointments
July 09, 2020
Watching their children grow and mature is an amazing experience for parents. At South Central Regional Medical Center, the growth and development of your children is important to our pediatricians, too. Understanding your child's growth and development is an important part of parenting. One of the most important things parents can do to ensure their children’s long-term health is to make sure that children of all ages receive all their vaccinations on time.
Patricia Tibbs, MD, Pediatrician at Ellisville Pediatric Clinic, explains the importance for school-age children to have routine checkups every year. “It is important to monitor your child’s growth, to make sure they are gaining weight appropriately and their height is increasing properly. As medical providers, we look over everything from head to toe, and discuss development and common issues with parents and children. We want to know how they are doing in school, how they are doing at home, their activity level, and so forth.”
By promoting good health for your child, you are helping to increase the health of friends, classmates, and others in the community. Certain vaccinations are mandatory for children in Mississippi to attend school, preschool, day care, or childcare facilities, the overall benefits of these immunizations for all individuals should never be taken too lightly.
Vaccines are considered one of the most cost-effective preventive measures against certain diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared vaccinations to be one of the top 10 public health achievements of the 20th century, as they have saved millions of lives since their introduction more than 200 years ago.
School vaccination requirements are critical in both eliminating and reducing vaccine- preventable diseases in the United States, which helps protect children and adults. By increasing awareness about the safety of vaccines, parents can make informed decisions about their children’s health.
To prepare your kids for school early, South Central Regional Medical Center encourages parents and caregivers to schedule an appointment for vaccinations and checkups today. Ellisville Pediatric Clinic and South Central Pediatrics are now accepting appointments.
To learn more about children’s vaccinations, please visit the CDC website at cdc.gov. To learn more about requirements for Mississippi school vaccinations, visit msdh.ms.gov.
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- Ellisville Pediatric Clinic is located at 1203 Avenue B in Ellisville. To schedule an appointment, please call 601.477.3550.
- South Central Pediatrics is located at 1002 Jefferson Street, Suite 200 in Laurel. To schedule an appointment, please call 601.649.3520.