Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare and Carris Health care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to helps us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Is a Well-Child Exam on Your Back to School List?

Published in Wellness, Pediatrics Tag: Cassandra Bulau, MD  

Author: Cassandra Bulau, MD

As the new school year approaches your child's back to school list begins. Backpack, check. Notebooks, check. Pencils, check. But what about an appointment with their doctor? It may not be as fun as a new pair of shoes but a well-child visit is an important step needed to prepare your kids for school.

An annual well-child exam will help to ensure that your child's development is on track. During their exam the doctor will measure your child's height and weight, perform screenings for physical, emotional and social development, check vision and hearing, check blood pressure and provide valuable information on keeping your child healthy. This is also a good time for parents to ask questions about their child and address concerns they may have regarding the child's development.

Your doctor will also review your child's medical history and immunization status, scheduling necessary vaccines for their age bracket. Minnesota State Law requires your children to have certain vaccines in order to be enrolled in both public and private schools. Use the list below to check off what vaccines your child will need to begin school this fall.

For Kindergarten:

  • Hepatitis B (3)
  • DTaP/DT (5)
  • Polio (3)
  • MMR (2)
  • Varicella (2)

For 1st through 6th Grade:

  • Hepatitis B (3)
  • Tentanus/Diphtheria (3)
  • Polio (3)
  • MMR (2)
  • Varicella (2)

For 7th through 12th Grade:

  • Hepatitis B(3)
  • Tdap (1)
  • Polio (3)
  • MMR (2)
  • Meningococcal (1)
  • Varicella (2)