Check off health-related tasks before school starts, experts say

Parents weave through store aisles, collecting books, backpacks and clothes that they check off from their children’s back-to-school lists. Along with those items, experts say families should focus on the health-related tasks ahead of them before children return to school or day care this fall.

Public health experts at the state and county levels say children must be up to date with their immunizations before returning to school, and other things such as sports physicals, emergency health plans and medication supplies should be arranged before or at the very start of the school year.

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