|MinuteClinic Readies Students for Back to School and Fall Sports Practice|
"MinuteClinic practitioners are a great resource for parents who may be confused about school or sports health requirements and want to make sure their children are up to date with immunizations before the first day of school or practice," said
Four States Issue New Immunization Mandates
According to the CDC, the U.S. is on track to have the highest number of whooping cough cases since 1959. Four states --
Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory infection that affects individuals of any age, but is potentially fatal when contracted by an infant. Family members and anyone who comes in contact with young children are encouraged to get boosters regardless of legal requirements, as they often unknowingly pass along the infection.
Meningitis immunization guidelines have also changed. A new
Bacterial meningitis is a life-threatening disease caused by the inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. According to the CDC, young adults living and going to class on crowded college or boarding school campuses and surrounded by individuals from various geographic areas are at highest risk for the disease.
Vaccinations at MinuteClinic may be covered by health insurance plans. Patients should always check with their insurance provider for coverage details.
Sports and College Physicals
With football, cross country, field hockey, soccer and other fall sports practices about to begin, MinuteClinic also offers sports physicals for student athletes who need pre-participation exams often required by many states, school systems, and athletic leagues. In addition, many colleges and universities require incoming freshmen to receive a physical prior to arriving on campus.
During a sports or college physical, MinuteClinic practitioners review medical history and check to see if immunizations are up to date; check vital signs and reflexes; and provide an overall assessment of physical condition to make sure young adults are not at risk for illness or injury. Practitioners also discuss sports safety measures with athletes, including the use of mouth guards, the importance of proper fitting shoes and equipment, and tips on how to remain hydrated throughout games and practices.
MinuteClinic makes it easy for parents to complete student health forms during the visit. Once a child is cleared for participation or admission, practitioners stamp any required forms and reference the exam results on the official patient summary. Sports physicals at MinuteClinic are
MinuteClinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants specialize in family health care and can diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common family illnesses such as strep throat and ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections. Minor wounds, abrasions, skin conditions and joint sprains are treated.
In addition, MinuteClinic practitioners administer vaccinations, conduct physicals and wellness screenings, and offer monitoring and point-of-care testing for chronic conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure.
No appointments are required at MinuteClinic and most health insurance is accepted. For patients paying cash or credit, treatment prices are posted at each medical clinic and on www.minuteclinic.com. The cost for most treatment starts at
MinuteClinic practitioners use a software program that at the conclusion of each visit generates educational material, an invoice and a prescription (when clinically appropriate) for the patient, as well as a diagnostic record that can be sent via electronic health record, fax or mail to a primary care provider with patient permission.
Sports and college physicals are not available in
Carolyn Castel, CVS Caremark, +1-401-770-5717, firstname.lastname@example.org; Brent Burkhardt, TBC (for MinuteClinic), +1-410-986-1303, email@example.com