By Jeanine Mezei | U.S. Army Medical Department Activity-Fort Carson Public Affairs Office
FORT CARSON, Colo. — With the school year wrapping up and summer on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to plan children’s next physical with a quick, weekend appointment.
Evans Army Community Hospital (EACH) is offering free school and sports physicals for children ages 4-18 by appointment June 5, June 19, June 26, July 10, July 24 and Aug. 7, 2021, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Ivy Clinic, located on the hospital’s second floor of the Soldier Family Care Center (SFCC).
“Annual physicals are an important touch point for children,” said Dr. Erika Overbeek-Wager, Primary Care Department chief, EACH. “It’s an opportunity for parents to review any medical concerns and for the provider to review the child’s developmental milestones.”
These Saturday appointments are intended to be a quick, convenient way for Families to receive their child’s physical, which is valid for one year. Most appointments last an average of 5-10 minutes with a medical provider. Appointments are scheduled for an individual child so be sure to book one for each child.
“EACH recognizes that the global pandemic and our transition to a new electronic medical record has made it more difficult for Families to book well child exams for their children,” said Overbeek-Wager. “This is an opportunity to schedule your child’s well child appointment conveniently over the weekend.”
If a child is due for shots, he or she will be able to receive immunizations during the appointment visit. Parents need to bring a complete vaccination record and any school or team paperwork needing to be completed by the medical provider to the appointment. Without these documents, the child’s approval to participate in sports or school may be delayed. Also, if the child’s school requires a specific physical form, parents will need to provide it at the appointment.
COVID-19 vaccines will not be available during physical appointments, but Peterson Air Force Base and the U.S. Air Force Academy are offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine by appointment only using the DHA Appointing Tool at https://informatics-stage.health.mil/COVAX. TRICARE beneficiaries are also able to get the COVID-19 vaccine at local or state health department COVID-19 vaccination sites and pharmacies participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.
The Colorado Springs community has a multitude of school districts in the area, and parents must confirm specific requirements prior to the appointment due to varying guidelines.
For children who attend college and require lab testing to accompany their sports physical, schedule an appointment with their primary care provider.
If a child is enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) or has a high-needs condition, an appointment with their primary care provider is recommended to complete their exam. This ensures the correct information and care plan is disseminated to their school.