Naperville, Ill. (PRWEB) July 23, 2015
Here’s something to help working parents ticking through their kids’ extensive back-to-school checklists: Affordable urgent care clinics are open on weekends and evenings for school and sports physicals – there is no need to miss work.
“Schools require physicals, vaccines and other preventive care because good health is critical for learning, and also because schools are a likely setting for the transmission of illness,” said Dr. Robert Kimball, president of the Urgent Care Association of America, which represents urgent care practitioners nationwide. “Urgent care is an excellent option for a variety of healthcare needs. Just walk in, even after work or on weekends, and your child will see a highly qualified professional.”
Smart Back-to-School Care
Urgent care centers offer walk-in appointments for the common medical needs that come with the beginning of a new school year:
- School-mandated sports and enrollment physicals
- Catch-up vaccinations
- Basic hearing and vision screenings with referrals to specialists as needed
Busy parents can visit http://www.whereisurgentcare.com to find their nearest urgent care center.
A Resource for New Collegians
With new books, classes and friends, college freshmen are not actively planning for evening and weekend medical needs. Parents can help them prepare by visiting http://www.whereisurgentcare.com to locate the nearest urgent care center to campus. It’s also a helpful URL for students to bookmark in their phones, just in case they or a friend ever has an immediate medical need.
When the university health center is closed, urgent care is an easy and affordable option for sprains, broken bones, flu, colds and other common illnesses – all the situations that are not serious enough for the emergency room.
“Emergency and immediate medical needs are less stressful with proper planning,” said Dr. Kimball. “Most urgent care centers can provide treatment right when the student needs it and then communicate with the university to help facilitate follow-up appointments, if necessary.”
About the Urgent Care Association of America
The Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) is a membership association for urgent care health and management professionals, clinics and those who support the urgent care industry. UCAOA provides educational programs in clinical care and practice management, has a monthly Journal of Urgent Care Medicine and maintains an active online presence and member community for daily exchange of best practices. UCAOA provides leadership, education and resources for the successful practice of urgent care for its members. For more information visit http://www.ucaoa.org.
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