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Doctors urge that kids get back-to-school checkups now to prevent future diseases

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- At SIU Center for Family Medicine, doctors are telling parents to bring their kids in for their annual check up now to make sure kids don't catch diseases in school later.

Kelley Hummel took her kids to the doctor today for their annual check ups.

She wanted them to get their physicals done before school starts in August.

"Back to school gets so hectic with trying to get them registered, school shopping, school supplies, and it's just one thing that's out of the way and over and done with for the year," said Hummel.

Dr. Hossain Mesbah said he's seen an increase in parents making appointments at the SIU Center for Family Medicine as the back to school rush gets underway.

"I would say yeah, definitely. We've seen a little bit of an increase in that. We call them well-child visits," said Dr. Mesbah.

Here at the SIU Center for Family Medicine doctors stress the importance of kids getting their necessary vaccinations now before school starts, to protect themselves and other students.

"Getting yourself vaccinated protects you from whatever you're getting vaccinated against but it also protects the community you're around from being exposed to potential diseases that could be devastating," said Dr. Mesbah.

Dr. Mesbah says that if kids don't get their required vaccines before school, diseases that were dangerous in the past can come back, such as measles and polio.

Along with getting vaccines, some kids in illinois will need to have a hearing, vision, and dental exam.

Dr. Mesbah said the visits could be another chance for doctors to find other issues early.

"It's important that we continue to stay ahead of the things that we are already ahead and get ahead of the things becoming problems," said Dr. Mesbah.

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