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Davis Health encourages well-child visits prior to the start of the school year

Davis Health encourages well-child visits prior to the start of the school year

ELKINS – As the new school year approaches, Davis Health System is reminding parents and caregivers of the importance of scheduling visits with healthy children. These comprehensive checks are essential to ensure students are healthy, up to date on immunizations, and ready to thrive in the upcoming school year.

“Pediatric visits are an opportunity for us to work with parents to support their child’s health and development. By ensuring children are up-to-date on vaccinations and screenings, we can help them stay healthy and do their best in school,” says Davis Medical Center pediatrician Amanda Pennington, MD.

Key components of the healthy child examination include administering necessary immunizations to protect against preventable diseases, physical examinations to assess overall health, growth and development, behavioral and developmental assessment, and chronic health problems (referrals to specialists and refilling medications, if applicable).

According to Dr. Pennington, sports physicals can be completed during the examination. “We encourage parents to make these appointments early to avoid the rush,” she added.

Children’s visits can be scheduled at any of the following Davis Health System locations:

  • Davis Medical Center, 304-637-3948
  • Buckhannon Medical Center, 304-472-1600
  • Broaddus Family Care, 304-457-1760
  • Webster Memorial Hospital, 304-847-5682
  • The Cowen Clinic, 304-226-3150