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Published on August 11, 2022

Karie McLevain-Wells, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Karie McLevain-Wells

West Knoxville Pediatrics

Back to School – Well Exams and Immunizations

Between registering your child for school, sports and other extracurricular activities, back-to-school is a busy time full of things on your to-do list. In the midst of shopping lists, class registrations and a million other little things, a yearly physical could be the last thing on your mind. But, if you start your child off with a routine well exam before school starts, you can help set them up for success throughout the year.

"Pediatricians are there for families from first steps to first day of school, and it's so important that we set children up for good health at the beginning of the school year. That can include a yearly physical, getting your child up-to-date on shots and providing early intervention if your child needs some support hitting important developmental milestones," said Dr. Karie McLevain-Wells, a pediatrician at West Knoxville Pediatrics.

Immunizations protect children from disease and can help prevent spread of illness within the community. It's especially important for children to be up-to-date on vaccines so they can stay healthy and get a leg up when fighting off illnesses like the flu. If you have questions about your child’s recommended vaccines, it’s important to talk to your pediatrician.

“Pediatricians are always available to help answer any questions you have around your child’s health. It’s our job to partner with you to make the best decisions…we know your child’s history and can help parents make informed choice,” said McLevain-Wells.

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital’s board-certified pediatricians have more than 85 years of experience providing world-class care in a hometown setting. To make an appointment with an ETCH pediatrician near you, visit www.etch.com/primarycare.

Dr. McLevain-Wells offers wellness exams at West Knoxville Pediatrics