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Date:9/3/2009

e administering the vaccine to first immunize children and young adults from six months to 24 years, and people living with or caring for children younger than six months of age before administering vaccines to the general population. Additional information about the flu is available at flu.gov and cdc.gov.

In addition to these CDC recommendations, parents should find out what vaccinations are required for students by their school district.

Vision

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Bright Futures, 3rd Edition, school age children should be evaluated for visual difficulties at their annual visit and formally screened according to the AAP's recommended schedule.

In addition, the American Public Health Association (APHA) recently reported that one-in-four children in kindergarten through sixth grade has a vision problem. Some studies indicate that 80 percent of learning in children occurs visually; therefore, getting regular routine eye exams should be a major part of the back to school preparation. Undiagnosed vision problems can lead to difficulty with schoolwork, resulting in poor performance.

According to the American Optometric Association's (AOA) 2009 American Eye-Q(R) survey, 60 percent of children identified as "problem learners" actually suffer from undetected vision problems and in some cases have been inaccurately diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

"Having healthy eyes and clear vision can make all the difference in how a child learns or performs in class," said Dr. Jaeger. "Poor vision can result in lower grades and ultimately lower self esteem."

Dental

While, many parents make sure their child is current on their immunizations and vision exams, a visit to the dentist is oftentimes an afterthought. However, when children and teens
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