Returning to school is an exciting time for kids and families!

One of the favorite activities of Family Healthcare providers is helping to ensure the children of Southwestern Utah are ready to go back to school each August. All Family Healthcare locations offer affordable, compassionate, care, for individuals and families, regardless of insurance or financial circumstances. All services are available in English and Spanish.

SATURDAY 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM (noon) OPTION for APPOINTMENTS in ST. GEORGE
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Family Healthcare
Medical, Behavioral & Dental Locations

St George Hurricane Cedar City
St George Main Clinic
26 N. 100 E. Suite 101
St George, UT
Phone: 435-359-2165
Hurricane Clinic
391 N. 200 W.
(On Hurricane Middle School campus)
Hurricane, UT
Phone: 435-986-2565
Cedar City East Clinic
245 E. 680 S.
Cedar City, UT
Phone: 435-865-1387
St. George Millcreek Clinic
2408 E. Riverside Drive
(On Millcreek High School campus)
St George, UT
Phone: 435-879-5117
Cedar Harding Clinic
74 W. Harding Ave.
Cedar City, UT
Phone: 435-865-1387

Family Healthcare Back To School Services

Well-Child Visit:

Unlike a “sick visit,” a well-child visit is a time for the doctor to look at all the factors that go into the health and well-being of your child and helps you to track your child’s growth and development. Well-child visits also help develop a trusting, caring relationship between parents, children, and their health care team. Immunizations can be given during a well-child visit.

School Immunizations:

Children entering kindergarten, or seventh grade in Utah are required to receive certain immunizations before school begins. This protects the child, and the whole community against potentially harmful diseases that can be life-threatening, especially in children and babies. Family Healthcare offers no-charge childhood vaccinations to families without health care insurance or with financial need. No child is ever turned away from receiving their immunizations. This is a proven way to ensure children grow and stay healthy.

School Entry Immunization Requirements in Utah
Entering Kindergarten Entering seventh grade
  • 5 doses DTaP/DT
  • 4 doses Polio
  • 2 doses Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • 3 doses Hepatitis B
  • 2 doses Hepatitis A
  • 2 doses Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • 1 dose Tdap
  • 3 doses Hepatitis B
  • 2 doses Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • 1 dose Meningococcal (only accepted if given after 10 years of age for seventh-grade school entry)
For more information on school entry requirements and immunizations, check out the Utah Department of Health’s guidance at www.immunize-utah.org

Preschool Immunizations:

Children attending a preschool program, including a licensed daycare center, nursery, childcare facility, family home care, or Head Start Program are required to be immunized appropriately for the age of the child. Preschoolers should receive all the doses of each vaccine for their age group, and according to current immunization schedules as published by the Utah Department of Health.

Treatment for back to school anxiety:

While returning to school is exciting for most children, it can be a stressful time for some. Family Healthcare offers integrated medical and behavioral health services, so it is possible for a child to receive counseling during a well-child visit. A brief visit with a therapist can help children to overcome anxious feelings associated with returning to school. Our providers offer an environment where children feel safe expressing and overcoming their fears. Starting the school year with a confident, positive outlook, as well as a few coping tools, is a great way to reduce anxiety and get off to a good start.

Children and sleep:

After a relaxed summer schedule it’s good for children to reestablish routines before their return to school. Sleep is a key element in the health of a child. Enough sleep helps children remain alert, engaged and relaxed. Since children need time to transition from a summer to school schedule, starting an earlier bedtime one or two weeks before school begins will give kids time to gradually adjust to the new schedule. Establishing a routine sleep schedule and keeping bedtime a relaxed time of day, without screens, is very helpful to ensuring children are not stressed or anxious. A quiet, dark room, with comfortable temperature for sleeping will help children get a good night of rest. Since adults are role models, it’s helpful when everyone gets enough sleep, and are well rested and with a positive mood and energy for the day.

Back to School Hygiene:

School means more exposure to germs. Helping children curb the spread of germs keeps everyone healthy and well enough to be learning in school. Here are some hygiene tips that children returning to school, and their family members can practice.

  • Hand Washing – washing hands with soap and water regularly helps to prevent germs and sickness from spreading. Teaching kids to be aware of what they are touching and to remember to wash hands afterward is a very good habit that prevents illness.
  • Cough and Sneeze Care – covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or into the elbow limits the number of germs that get shared.
  • Stay home when sick – this will prevent the spread of illness and ensure children who are sick are in a comfortable environment that promotes a quicker recovery.
  • Clean electronics – phones, tablets, and other portable devices are hotbeds for germs. Keeping them clean by wiping them down regularly will help to minimize germ exposure in a school environment and elsewhere.

Request An Appointment

Click here to request a “next week” appointment date. We will call you back within 48-hours to confirm your appointment date & time. For more immediate attention, call 435-986-2565, and select option-1, to speak with an appointment scheduling representative. We strive to meet all patient appointment requests in a timely manner.