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Ace your back-to-school physicals

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The rush of back-to-school season means a busy list of things to do for parents. While checking off those lists, doctors want to make sure that on top of buying school supplies and buying new clothes, you don't forget about school physicals.

In fact, doctors want you to go ahead and make that physical the first thing you add to your back-to-school check list.

CareSpots all around Duval County say they have been busy with students coming in to get their yearly physical.

The staff is reminding parents that if you have an athlete, sports physicals are required and it's a good idea to get that taken care of before the first school bell rings.

Staying up to date with your child's immunization is important because it ensures a healthy school year for your child and for all their classmates as well. 

To get the most from a physical, doctors say have a plan before you go in. Make a list of any questions or concerns. Think about any complains from your child about pain and fatigue. If their eating habits have changed, they've have trouble sleeping or trouble focusing, write it all down so you can ask your physician during the appointment.

In Clay County at the CareSpot in Middleburg, they're busy with school physicals as well. A handful of patients suffering from allergies and a summer cold were also reported this week.

In St. Johns County, the staff at Anastasia Pediatrics says on top of school physicals, they're dealing with strep throat, colds, and ear infections. 

In Nassau County at the CareSpot in Yulee, swimmer's ear and sinus infections have kept their offices busy from open to close.