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Getting ready for back-to-school goes beyond purchasing backpacks and pencils. Take time to check on the health of your family now – before your schedule is packed with homework and school activities. Make sure your vaccinations are up to date, schedule an eye exam and dental visit, and check on other health issues your kids may have. Use these resources to help you get your family's health in order. 

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You might have a lot of questions about the school year during this pandemic. School districts are working with local public health to make the best decisions for learning safely.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has more information about how COVID-19 affects your child's school.

COVID-19 Info from TEA

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Send Your Kids Back to School with Their Vaccines Up to Date

Back-to-school season is here. It's a time to gather school supplies and backpacks. It's also the perfect time to make sure your kids are up-to-date on their vaccines. Most schools require children to be current on vaccinations before enrolling to protect the health of all students. Today's childhood vaccines protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases.

Schedule your child's vaccines now

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August is Children's Eye Health and Safety Month

Back-to-school is a great time to make an eye exam for your kids. A good rule of thumb is to have your children's eyes examined during well-child visits, beginning around age three. Your child's eye doctor can help detect nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

Help your children have a successful school year by scheduling a comprehensive eye exam and taking safety measures to ensure their eyes are free from injury. 

Learn more about vision

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Teeth cleaning? Check!

Back-to-school is a good time of year to schedule a regular dental visit for your children. Fight the most common chronic disease found in school-age children: cavities. In fact, dental disease causes children to miss more than 51 million school hours each year in the U.S.

Prevention and early detection can help avoid pain, trouble eating, difficulty speaking and school absences.

Discover dental services available for children

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Back-to-School Tips For Kids with Diabetes

Bookbags, folders, calculators, and summer reading assignments are on a lot of back-to-school lists. But there is another important step you can take to make sure your child stays safe at school if they have Diabetes.

Make sure you have a current Diabetes Management Plan (DMMP). Meet with the school nurse or health care aide to review the DMMP and understand how they will implement.

Get more tips from the American Diabetes Association

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Get Vital Records for Registration

Whether it's your child's first day of kindergarten or the first day at a new school, be ready for registration. Most schools require a copy of your child's birth certificate to enroll.

You can get birth certificates and more from DSHS Vital Statistics. The fastest way to get your records is ordering online.

Find out how to order vital records

Last updated August 5, 2020