Back-to-School Health and Safety Tips

Back-to-school season is here. It’s a time for caregivers to gather school supplies and backpacks. It’s also the perfect time to make sure all kids are up-to-date on their vaccines.

Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the most important things parents can do to help protect their children’s health—and that of their classmates and their community. Most schools require children to be current on vaccinations before enrolling to protect the health of all students.

Take time now to schedule an annual physical, eye exam and hearing test if they haven’t already been completed.

While loading books and supplies in backpacks, note the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons advises that children should carry no more than 15 to 20 percent of their body weight. They should use both shoulder straps on backpacks and adjust the straps to keep the load close to the back.

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