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Take Care clinics begin physicals for school, sports
July 27th, 2010
CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. – With the new school year approaching, Take Care Health Systems has started offering back-to-school and sports physicals at its health clinics nationwide.
The Walgreens retail clinic subsidiary said Tuesday that the physicals are administered by board-certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants and are available for $35 through Sept. 30. Families or groups with two or more children can receive back-to-school physicals for $30 each.
During the physical, a Take Care Health provider will assess a student's height, weight, body mass index, vision and other information while also discussing and providing counseling on immunizations and high-risk behaviors.
"This is a busy time for parents and children who are tackling their back-to-school checklists," stated Sandra Festa Ryan, chief nurse practitioner officer for Take Care Health Systems. "Take Care clinics offer physicals and high-quality health care services with ease and simplicity for patients and families – ensuring access to trusted clinicians, who can discuss medical history, perform comprehensive exams, administer appropriate vaccinations and provide guidance on living and maintaining a healthy lifestyle."
Take Care walk-in clinics are plocated in more than 350 Walgreens drug stores across the country.
In addition, Take Care nurse practitioners and physician assistants can administer appropriate immunizations for school-aged children, such as Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), Menactra (meningitis), Varicella (chicken pox), MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and Gardasil (HPV). It is recommended that patients bring a copy of their vaccination record and medical history to the Take Care Clinic in preparation to receive a back-to-school physical.
Children involved in organized athletics may also need a separate sports physical, Take Care added. The clinics' nurse practitioners and physician assistants are highly educated to address sports-specific issues including injuries, nutrition and more, according to the company. Sports physicals are also available at Take Care Clinics for $35 through Sept. 30.