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Image of small girl and boy Ages 2 - 5 It’s very important to make sure your child gets regular well-child checkups and shots (called immunizations). As he or she spends more time outside the home, there’s more risk of getting sick from illnesses like the flu. You can help your child stay well by keeping up with shots and teaching good health habits.

Reading to your child about "staying healthy" and planning an hour or more of physical activity each day can be fun things for you to do together. As your child gets more active, there’s also more risk of accidents. Learn how to make your home and car safe for your busy preschooler.

This is also the time to get your child ready for school. He or she must have a physical exam and be up-to-date on shots to start preschool or elementary school. Work with your child’s doctor to find any vision, hearing, or speech problems, as well as any other special health care needs. This will help your child to get a good start in school and be ready to learn!

Ages 5 – 10 During these years school becomes a bigger part of your child’s life and it is important to have regular checkups and booster shots. Changes in vision or hearing can happen at any age so your child should get regular screenings to make sure he or she can hear the teacher and see the blackboard. The doctor or nurse will do these tests and give shots during well-child checkups.

Sitting too much at school and home can lead to obesity and other health problems. It is best for children to get 30 to 60 minutes each day of physical activity. Try making it family time by joining your child in biking, basketball, roller-skating, swimming, or just going for a brisk walk together. You will both be healthier if you do.

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