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After the last year, it’s easy to forget getting ready for back-to-school goes beyond backpacks. Take time now to do your family's regular health checks. All before your schedule gets packed with homework and school activities again.

Make sure your and your family’s vaccinations are up to date. It’s important to also schedule an eye exam and dental visit. And check with your healthcare provider about other health issues you or your kids may have. These resources can help you get your family's health in order.

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Texas is reopening after the pandemic. You might have a lot of questions about what this means for your child’s school in the fall. You should know, school districts continue working with local public health to make the best decisions for learning safely.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has more information about schools reopening.

COVID-19 Info from TEA

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Send Your Kids Back to School with Their Vaccines Up to Date

Back-to-school season is here. It's a time to gather school supplies and backpacks. It's also the perfect time to make sure your kids are up-to-date on their vaccines.

Most schools require children be current on vaccinations before enrolling. This protects the health of all students. Childhood vaccines protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases.

Schedule your child's vaccines now

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August is Children's Eye Health and Safety Month

Back-to-school is a great time to make an eye exam for your kids. A good rule of thumb is to have your children's eyes examined during well-child visits, beginning around age three. Your child's eye doctor can help detect nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

Help your children have a successful school year back in the classroom by scheduling a comprehensive eye exam and taking safety measures to ensure their eyes are free from injury.

Learn more about vision

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Backpack? Check. Booster shots? Check.
Teeth cleaning? Check!

Back-to-school is a good time of year to schedule a regular dental visit for your children. Fight the most common chronic disease found in school-age children: cavities. In fact, dental disease causes children to miss more than 51 million school hours each year in the U.S.

Prevention and early detection can help avoid pain, trouble eating, difficulty speaking and school absences.

Discover dental services available for children

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Back-to-School Tips For Kids with Diabetes

Bookbags, folders, calculators, and summer reading assignments are on a lot of back-to-school lists. But there is another important step you can take to make sure your child stays safe at school if they have Diabetes.

Make sure you have a current Diabetes Management Plan (DMMP). Meet with the school nurse or health care aide to review your DMMP and understand how the school will implement.

Get more tips from the American Diabetes Association

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Get Vital Records for Registration

Whether it's your child's first day of kindergarten or the first day at a new school, be ready for registration. Most schools require a copy of your child's birth certificate to enroll.

You can get birth certificates and more from DSHS Vital Statistics. The fastest way to get your records is ordering online.

Find out how to order vital records

Last updated June 20, 2022