Telluride Med Center: Dr. Mahoney’s Back-to-School Checklist

Telluride Med Center: Dr. Mahoney’s Back-to-School Checklist

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The following is a message from Dr. Christine Mahoney, Director of Primary Care, Telluride Medical Center.

This is now the third school year to be impacted by COVID-19 — just think about that!

And while we continue to live with many unknowns, there are, however, ways to help set children — and ourselves! — up for a healthy and successful school year. To that end, I’m sharing my personal “To Do” list. I hope you find it helpful.

Dr. Mahoney’s Back to School Checklist:

• *Schedule your annual Well Child Check (sometimes also referred to as a sports physical). This is a great time to be sure your children are up to date on all immunizations.

• If your child is age 12 or older, schedule their COVID vaccine. Check here for details on upcoming vaccine clinics.

• Plan to get your kids a flu vaccine (availability coming soon!)

• Start easing back into a sleep schedule that accommodates early mornings.

• Talk to your kids about ways to reduce COVID risks (wearing masks, giving people space, personal hygiene).

• Make a plan for healthy lunches and after-school snacks.

• Stock up on masks and hand sanitizer. I recommend medical masks, either surgical or KN95, sized for kids.

Have a plan for staying home when sick! Be sure to wait 48 hours before returning a child to school. If you’re child is still symptomatic, it’s time for get a COVID test. More info on where and how to get COVID-19 tests.

Build self-care into your school year routine.

Seek help when you need it! Tri-County Health Network offers many family resources.

Write a note to your child’s teacher to let them know how much they’re appreciated.

Of course, everyday I think of new items to add to the list!

I’m also inspired, everyday, by the ways I see this community — especially teachers — carrying on the resolve to do everything in their power to stop the spread of COVID-19.

I am grateful to raise my children here with you.

Thank you…

*We’re experiencing high call volume, I’m recommending using the patient portal to request an appointment, our staff will call you back to schedule the day and time.

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