As children and teens return to school this fall, ETSU Health Pediatrics encourages families to schedule annual child welfare visits to update vaccinations and undergo a comprehensive physical exam.
“This is a great time of year to plan those pit visits because when your kids go back to school they may need a sports physio. It’s also a good time to make sure they’re all up to date on their vaccines or to schedule a flu shot if it’s available this fall,” said Dr. Gayatri Jaishankar. “It also gives you the opportunity to talk to your doctor about how they can safely continue their personal learning this school year.”
In an effort to make pediatric health care more accessible to families, ETSU Health Pediatrics will extend clinic hours. From September 16, the clinic will remain open until 8 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays.
It is a struggle for working parents and adolescents who often also have jobs or participate in extracurricular activities to schedule appointments during the normal opening hours of most clinics. Extending after hours will help ease this burden on families.
“It’s more important than ever for us to extend our hours to meet the needs of the families in our community,” said Dr. Jodi Gage. “Offering later appointment times makes it easier for families to keep up.”
The ETSU Health Pediatrics office is located at 325 N. State of Franklin Road, on the ground floor.
The clinic is currently welcoming new patients and accepting most major health insurance companies. To make an appointment, please call 423-439-7320.
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