Back to school means back to the doctor

By: Kelly Asmuth Email
By: Kelly Asmuth Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Doctors say students should get their yearly check-up and immunizations before the school year starts.

Parents are already booking appointments with the Western Colorado Pediatric Associates as children are required to have certain shots at different ages to attend school. Officials are now highly recommending students in middle and high school get the meningitis immunization.

But doctors say they like to examine kids every year for a range of issues, not just the physical. “We check how check how kids are growing physically, but also mentally, emotionally and developmentally. So in little kids, we're tracking to rule out autism, and developmental delays of other kinds,” says Dr. Patrice Whistler, of the Western Colorado Pediatric Associates.

The first day of school for District 51 is Aug. 23.

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