Parents, doctors scrambling to get kids ready for school
BATON ROUGE - Doctors and health officials are encouraging parents to schedule appointments to get their children's medical needs taken care of, and avoid the usual back-to-school rush.
Pediatricians say the two weeks before school starts are always booked full with children getting vaccinations, physicals or just routine checkups before school starts. Many parents wait to the last minute to schedule their visits, then wind up having to wait weeks to get in to see their doctor.
Griffin Kennedy is one of many children whose parents scheduled an appointment in advance, and his mother Allynn said they were lucky to beat the rush.
"We've had a hectic summer with camps and so forth so it was a little hard to get in," she said during their visit today.
Vaccines are required for children starting Pre-K and middle school, and the Department of Health and Hospitals has scheduled free vaccine clinics to help parents get it taken care of quickly and cheaply.
For a list of the health units in Baton Rouge that will hold back-to-school events visit DHH's website. Parents or guardians must be present with the child's shot records.