Back to School: the importance of yearly physicals

Kirby recommends to stay on top of annual check-ups.

Many area families will be spending this next month getting ready for the new school year.

And that includes those required check-ups before your child is allowed to go to class.

The state of Illinois requires physical exams for kids entering Illinois schools for the first time, as well as for students heading into pre-k, kindergarten, sixth grade, and ninth grade.

KHQA spoke with Quincy Public School's new Director of Nursing about why an annual check-up can save you time and money in the long run.

Brandy Kirby got her start almost two decades ago as a Labor and Delivery nurse. After 12 years she became the school nurse for Baldwin.

"I had a student come in with a picture of me holding her as a baby," Kirby said.

Kirby stresses the importance of having a physical before the start of the school year.

“For one it's required by the state of Illinois, but another reason is because you need to make sure you are seeing your doctor regularly so that they can pick up on things that you might not pick up on," Kirby explained.

And Kirby says waiting until the last minute might not work out in your favor.

"If you don't keep up with your doctor's appointments regularly, sometimes it's harder to get in and it takes longer to get in," Kirby said.

If you can't make it to the doctor, Kirby says free clinics are always an option.

Quincy will offer two free health clinics.

One on Tuesday, August 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Youth Center on 8th and Payson.

The other on Saturday, August 11 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 1st Baptist Church on N. 8th Street.

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