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Pediatrician: Get your kids up-to-date on vaccines before sending them back to school

Last year, Springfield Public Schools had to send 543 students home on the tenth day of school. The reason? The kids didn't have the proper physical and immunization records filed with the school. (WRSP)

The first day of school is right around the corner, which means it’s checkup time for your kids.

Last year, Springfield Public Schools had to send 543 students home on the tenth day of school. The reason? The kids didn't have the proper physical and immunization records filed with the school.

To keep that from happening again this year, the district is encouraging families to get into the doctor.

Pediatricians agree. They say the start of school is the perfect time for your kid’s annual checkup.

It's also a good time to make sure they are up to date on their immunizations.

"It does hurt a little bit, but it's really important,” said Dr. Gopinathan Nambiar, a pediatrician at HSHS Medical Group in Springfield. “These diseases that you can actually prevent by just getting these shots are immense."

There are several clinics around Springfield that can provide your kids physicals and immunizations, HSHS Medical Group located at 2901 Old Jacksonville Road being one of them. Their phone number is 217-241-1295.

Springfield Public Schools is also hosting some clinics.

Upcoming clinics are as follows:

8/7/2017 (during registration)
Washington Middle School and Grant Middle School
11:00a - 7:00p (last registration at 6:00p)
Physicals/Immunizations

8/12/2017
Springfield High School
9:00a-1:00p (last registration at 12:00p)
Physicals and Immunizations

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