Health department to expedite some services for back-to-school
By Jessica Tuggle
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Summer vacation is quickly coming to an end, but before walking the halls of school, students need to make sure their medical paperwork is up-to-date.
The Indian River County health department is reminding parents of the services they have available to help students be completely ready to go back to school on Aug. 20 and are even offering dedicated service hours to better accommodate families.
From Aug.12-14, the main county health clinic site at 1900 27th Street in Vero Beach will offer expedited back-to-school services from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"We want people to get up-to-date and not have parents rush around at the last minute," said Joan Rivera, public information officer for the health department.
"Immunizations and physicals are the last thing people think about, usually it's all about backpacks, pencils and other school supplies," she said.
Certain immunizations and paperwork are required in order for students to be eligible for school, including physicals for students entering kindergarten or participating in sports, and immunizations for students entering kindergarten, seventh grade, or entering college and living in a dorm, Ms. Rivera said.
Each child is different and parents can call the health department to check and see if their child's medical paperwork is current, Ms. Rivera said.
Expedited services and extended hours will also be available at the main clinic Aug. 15-16 and Aug. 19-20, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Gifford Health Clinic will also be accepting students for back-to-school checkups during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Services available include back-to-school immunizations, copies of up-to-date immunizations and physicals, limited assessments and complete physical exams and school forms.
Medicaid is accepted. For those without Medicaid or insurance, a sliding scale fee will apply. Additions fees apply for EKGs, labs and TB testing, a press release said.
Immunizations are accepted on a walk-in basis, but physicals are by appointment,
For more information, call the main clinic at (772) 794-7415 or the Gifford Health Center at (772) 770-5151, or visit www.myirchd.com.