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VHC releases info on school physicals

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Summertime means baseball, picnics and pooltime – and the kickoff to school and sports physical season. Yet, in the midst of the fun, physicals are often forgotten until school is right around the corner.
And if a child doesn’t have a physical on record by the start of the school year, he or she could miss out on the upcoming fall sports season or even be subject to exclusion from school if an exam is not completed by Oct. 15.
Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation (SIHF) makes it convenient to schedule a physical that best fits in with a child’s busy summer plans.  
More importantly, SIHF’s network of experienced healthcare and dental providers offers high-quality care to everyone, regardless of their financial situation, and most insurance plans are accepted.
Illinois requires various physicals and examinations before a child enters the following grades:
• Kindergarten – comprehensive health examination, proof of required immunizations, dental examination, and eye examination.
• Second grade – comprehensive dental exam.
• Sixth grade – comprehensive health examination, proof of required immunizations, dental examination.
In addition, any student new to Illinois or planning to participate in competitive school sports is required to undergo a health examination for the upcoming school year.
Vandalia Healthcare Center, located at 1510 Sunset Drive in Vandalia, is currently offering school and sports physicals.
To schedule an appointment, call 283-3144.
For a full list of providers in SIHF’s network, visit www.sihf.org.