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Keep your child healthy with our back-to-school checklist!

With summer winding down, children are preparing to return to school. Here is a helpful checklist to make sure your child's school year gets off to a healthy start.

1) Vaccinations

Did you know with a Maryland Health Connection plan, your child’s shots are covered at no cost, even if you haven’t met your deductible? You can protect your children from several viruses and serious diseases.

2) Annual physical 

Make sure your child is ready to go with a head-to-toe checkup! Routine physicals are fully covered by your health plan. For most extracurricular activities, like sports, a physical is needed to participate. This will ensure that your child is healthy and prepared to take on the new school year. Try to schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor, since physicals are covered under your insurance plan. If you cannot get an appointment with your doctor, an urgent care center also can do a physical exam.

3) Vision Screening

About 80 percent of learning at school is visual. Your health insurance plan’s pediatric vision benefits cover children up to age 19 and include a routine eye examination and a pair of prescription glasses each year.

By making sure immunizations are up to date, scheduling physicals, and taking advantage of pediatric vision benefits, you can rest easy knowing your child is ready for school.