July 27, 2012 - According to the American Camp Association, more than 11 million campers attend one of approximately 12,000 camps in the United States each year. Celeste Smith Covington, District Manager of Operations for Minute Clinic says “most camps will actually require a camp physical. Not all of them do, but even if they don't require one, it's still a good idea to go ahead and have your child evaluated."
The new Minute Clinic, located at select CVS pharmacies in Tallahassee, offers camp physicals seven days a week, including weekday evenings. Covington says "it's much less expensive and that's really our goal, is to provide care for simple illnesses that don't require an emergency room but sometimes after hours, that's the only choice."
Susan Corley is the grandmother of 6 year old, Miranda. She feels that having a camp physical is a must. Corley says "this way we can make sure that she is healthy enough to participate in all the sports and other activities that they have at camp." During a camp physical, a Minute Clinic family nurse practitioner or physician assistant measures height and weight, reviews health and immunization history, performs a simple exam, and provides safety and education tips. Corley states that in her granddaughter’s exam "they checked her eyes, ears, nose and throat. They checked her heart and lungs, made sure that her reflexes were good and checked to make sure everything is normal with her spine and all of her knees and elbows and arms and just made sure that she was in good health."
Experts recommend when choosing a sunscreen for your kids this summer that it protects against UVA and UVB rays and is at least SPF 30. Corley feels "it's important to have her eyes protected, to wear the hat, wear sunscreen and the after-bite. I didn't think about the Chap Stick but I certainly am going to take that with her to camp."
Right now camp physicals are $49 dollars and with any visit you can receive a coupon book to save on essentials to keep your child camp healthy. Insurance is not accepted for camp physicals. For more information on Minute Clinic services and locations, go to www.minuteclinic.com or call (866) 389-ASAP (2727).