Pack Up Children’s Back-to-School Essentials at MD Now Urgent Care

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The urgent care provider prepares South Florida’s children for a healthy school year.

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“Parents need to be aware that sports physicals are not accepted in lieu of school physicals,” explained Dr. Lamelas.

While heading back to school in South Florida calls for backpacks and school supplies, it also requires school physicals and vaccinations to protect children from many preventable diseases. MD Now Urgent Care, South Florida’s leading urgent care provider, wants to make it convenient, hassle free, and affordable for parents to prepare their children for a healthy school year. Since children must have current vaccinations and school physicals in order to attend South Florida schools, MD Now is offering school vaccinations, along with special discounts on school physicals, at all of its locations throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties.

Vaccinations Are the Prevention and Protection Children Need to Succeed

Recent outbreaks of many infectious diseases have emphasized the importance of vaccinations in both protecting our children and preventing the spread of serious diseases. To help ensure the community’s welfare, South Florida schools require every student to have The Florida Certification of Immunization completed by a Florida physician or a Florida County Health Department before enrolling in a public or private school. Since different vaccines are required for different age groups and school systems, parents should check with their child’s local school and healthcare provider to keep children current on the necessary vaccinations.

Peter Lamelas, M.D., CEO of MD Now Urgent Care says, “Many parents may not realize that their children must be vaccinated to be in school, but with the inevitable spread of germs in the classroom and the growing numbers of South Florida students, such preventative measures are designed to be keep children healthy and productive in school, while keeping the community safe.”

School Physicals Provide a Healthy Head Start in Learning and Life

While vaccinations can help prevent children from getting sick, school physicals help ensure that all children in the classroom begin the year healthy. School physicals can also alert parents to any physical deficiencies that can impact a child’s life or learning, such as issues with development, vision, hearing, speech, or growth. All of these can make a significant difference in their educational, social, and personal experiences at school and beyond. School physicals allow parents to catch any problems early, when they’re most likely to respond to treatment.

The state of Florida requires certification of a physical examination for every child entering kindergarten and for all children in any grade attending a Florida school for the first time. The physical examination must have been performed and signed by a healthcare provider licensed to provide school physicals within the 12 months before the first day of school.

“Parents need to be aware that sports physicals are not accepted in lieu of school physicals,” explained Dr. Lamelas. “Only a properly completed school physical will allow a child to attend school.”

Savor the Last Days of Summer by Supporting the Community’s Children

To enjoy the last moments of summer and help the community’s children thrive, MD Now invites South Florida families to join them at a number of fun-filled health fairs benefiting children in our community. And, on Saturday, August 8, MD Now will participate in the “Back to School Expo” at The Mall at Wellington Green from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Expo is a gathering of public and private schools, trade schools, universities and education and health-related companies to help get students and families ready for the upcoming school year. MD Now will be at the event promoting back to school and sport physicals in addition to doing giveaways, raffles and prizes via their prize wheel. Visit MD Now’s Facebook page for details.

Since parents are bound to be overwhelmed with back-to-school preparations, MD Now wants to help make getting vaccinations and school physicals as fast, friendly, and comfortable as possible for both parents and their children. Special discounts on school physicals are available, as well as convenient walk-in service at all MD Now locations throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties.

About MD Now Urgent Care Centers

MD Now® Urgent Care Walk-In Medical Centers is the leading provider of fast and affordable urgent care to adults and children in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties. Our state-of-the-art, walk-in medical centers are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to deliver an affordable and convenient alternative to long emergency room wait times and the limited hours of family physicians. No appointment is necessary and major insurance plans are accepted. In addition to providing a comprehensive range of urgent care services to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries, our multiple locations offer digital x-rays, EKG, ultrasounds, lab testing, physicals, immunizations, vaccines, physical therapy, occupational medicine, travel medicine, and selected primary care services. Discover medical care that treats you to the care you need now at MD Now. Call: 888-MDNow-911, online:

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